Diversity Management in Higher Education Institutions in Uganda

 About the training

The National Multiplication Training workshops in Uganda were spearheaded by Alumni of the International Dean’s course (IDC). These were led by Elizabeth Kyazike from Kyambogo University in collaboration with two other IDC alumni who were Alice Nakiyemba (Busitema University) and Patrick Ojok (Kyambogo University). The team was mentored by Professor Peter Mayer as the European expert and Prof. Christine Onyango as the regional expert.

The training attracted deans, heads of departments, directors of gender, international offices and disabilty from both private and public higher education institutions in Uganda.

The theme of NMT Uganda was chosen based on the nature of Uganda which is ethinically and religiously diverse among other diversities. Diversity has also shaped the nature of higher education instutitutions where some are religiously based. Thus participants came from religiously founded higher education institutions that included the University of Kisubi a Catholic founded private University, Islamic University in Uganda, Uganda Christian University and Bugema Seventh Day adventist University. Kampala International University was the only private University that is not based on religion. Other than the Private religiously founded higher education institutions were the public including Makerere University, Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo University, Muni University, Soroti University, Busitema University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Lira University.

The second workshop laid emphasis on the presentation of the Project Action Plan implementation by the participants. These were spiced by plenary talks on managing mental health, student mothers and fathers, international students and refugee students. A panel discussion on disability and religious diversity graced the second workshop and the case consulting that left participants with lasting memories.

 Expected learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop participants are expected to:

  • Be aware of diversity management in higher education institutions in Uganda,
  • Be aware of the barriers and facilitators of diversity inclusion in higher education institutions,
  • Be able to create a team of higher education managers,
  • Be able to implement plans promoting diversity inclusiveness in higher education institutions.


 Target group

The target group were Faculty or school Deans, heads of departments, university administrators, Directors of international offices, Disability centres and Gender. The participants were drawn from the following Universities in Uganda as listed below:

1.   Kyambogo University- Public University (2 participants) located in central, eastern and western Uganda

2.   Makerere University a Public University, (1 participant) in central Uganda the first premier University

3.   Lira University-Public University (2 participants) located in northern Uganda

4.   Soroti University-Public University (2 participants) from Northeastern

5.   Kampala International University- Private University (2 participants) from the central region

6.   Uganda Christian University in Mukono a Private University (2 participants) located in central and western Uganda

7.   Islamic University in Uganda- Private University (2 participants) located in eastern Uganda

8. Bugema Seventh Day Adventist- Private University, (2 participants) located in the central region.

9. Busitema University -Public University (2 participants) located in eastern Uganda

10. Makerere University Business School- Public University (2 participants) located in the central region.

11. University of Kisubi-Private Catholic Founded University in the central region (3 participants).

 Training dates

  1. Workshop I: 23rd - 27th February 2022
  2. Workshop II: 16th - 19th October 2022

Training committee

Elizabeth Kyazike

Alice Nakiyemba

Patrick Ojok

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