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Uganda is a country of about 39 million people in East Africa. 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 and technology-enabled learning. Learners from Uganda have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.


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
  • Agricultural Innovation System Brokerage Association
  • Busitema University
  • Gulu University
  • KampaBits
  • Kyambogo University
  • Makerere University
  • m-Omulimisa Innovative Agricultural Services
  • Siaya SEED Savings and Credit Cooperative
  • Uganda Management Institute

Key Contacts

Focal Point


Notable Mention

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

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