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Uganda is a country of about 47 million people in East Africa (World Bank, 2022). The country’s higher education system is one of the oldest in the region. Makerere University was a pioneer in formal open and distance learning (ODL) in higher education.

COL’s current work in Uganda is primarily in the areas of higher education, Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F), gender equality and women’s empowerment through skills development and technology-enabled learning (TEL). Learners from Uganda are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other resources available.


  • A strategy for the digitisation of learning resources, focusing on climate-responsive sustainable livelihoods and food security, has been developed


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Uganda include:

  • Ministry of Education and Sports
  • African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)
  • Agricultural Innovation System Brokerage Association (AGINSBA)
  • Batwas
  • Busitema University
  • Digital Woman Uganda (DWU)
  • Gulu University
  • KampaBits
  • Kyambogo University
  • Makerere University
  • Makerere University for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (MUCAES)
  • Plavio Uganda (PLAVIO)
  • Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
  • Siaya SEED Savings and Credit Cooperative
  • Uganda Management Institute

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Mr Timothy Ssejjoba
Acting Commissioner for University Education and Training
Ministry of Education and Sports

Notable Mention

Professor Julius N. Odurkene, former member of COL Board of Governors

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