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Makerere University Business School

Makerere University Business School
Motto Enabling the Future
Established 1997[1]
Type Public university
Principal Professor Waswa Balunywa
Students 5,000+ (2012)
Location M118 Portbell Road
Nakawa Division
, Uganda
Campus Urban
Affiliations Makerere University
Website Homepage

Makerere University Business School (MUBS) is the school of business of Makerere University, Uganda's oldest university. MUBS provides business and management education at the certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.[2]


The school's campus is located at 118 Portbell Road, in Nakawa Division, a section of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. The coordinates of the school are: 00° 19' 38"N, 32° 37' 00"S (Latitude:0.327222, Longitude:32.616667)


MUBS was established in the 1960s as Nakawa College of Business Studies (NCBS), the national college of business studies. It offered business and management diplomas as well as professional training in business. At that time, the college offered diplomas, the main ones being the Uganda Diploma in Business Studies and the Higher Diploma in Marketing.

In 1997, Faculty of Commerce at Makerere University was merged with NCBS, thereby creating MUBS, a constituent college of Makerere University. The staff and students of both institutions were brought together at the 45 acres (18 ha) campus at Nakawa, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), east of Kampala's central business district.

In 2001, due to changes in the laws of Uganda, MUBS transformed from a constituent college of Makerere University to a "public tertiary institution" affiliated to Makerere University. However this arrangement did not work well, resulting in Makerere introducing competing duplicate courses at the main campus, while MUBS started to agitate for complete autonomy. Finally in 2012, the autonomy sought by MUBS was granted by the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports.[3]


In January 2012, Ugandan media reported that MUBS will break away from Makerere University and reconstitute itself into an independent university. This will result in the change of its name to a new name, yet to be determined.[4] In August 2013, Uganda's Attorney General began drafting the necessary legislation to separate MUBS from Makerere University. The draft will then be presented to the Ugandan Parliament for debate and enactment into law.[5]


As of June 2009, the school has the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Commerce
    • Department of Accounting
    • Department of Finance
    • Department of Law and Economics
  • Faculty of Management
    • Department of Entrepreneurship
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Leadership and Governance
    • Department of Human Resource Management
  • Faculty of Computing and Business Science
    • Department of Business Computing
    • Department of Management Science
    • Department of Procurement and Logistics
  • Faculty of Marketing and Hospitality Management
    • Department of Marketing
    • Department of International Business
    • Department of Travel and Tourism Studies
    • Department of Leisure and Hospitality Studies
    • Department of Catering Studies
  • Graduate Research Center

Undergraduate courses


Study centres : Arua, Jinja, Mbarara

Graduate courses


See also


  1. ^ MUBS Founded in 1997
  2. ^ About MUBS
  3. ^ Brief History of Makerere University Business School
  4. ^ MUBS To Break Away From Makerere University
  5. ^ Plans To Split MUBS From Makerere Underway
  6. ^ Undergraduate Business Courses at MUBS
  7. ^ Graduate Study Programs at MUBS

External links

  • Official website
  • MUBS Rebrands as Metropolitan University Business School

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