University of East Africa 50th Anniversary Celebrations are part of the wider celebrations of 90 years of Makerere University (1922-2012). For a period of seven years (1963-1970), Makerere University, together with the University Colleges of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, comprised the University of East Africa.
Makerere University, in conjunction with the Universities of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO as well as the Government of Sweden, is commemorating 50 years of the University of East Africa with the main event scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Makerere University Main Hall. The celebrations will include a Keynote address from Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
A tentative list of alumni of the University of East Africa and draft programme can be found under Downloads below. We welcome your input in identifying some of the missing information on alumni as well as on the listed profiles. This information can be sent to fnakayiwa[at]pdd.mak.ac.ug and camito[at]dd.mak.ac.ug.
A number of activities are lined up for the event, including celebrating the life of the late President Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, who was the only Chancellor of the University of East Africa. While at Makerere College as a student in 1944, the late President Nyerere wrote a book entitled “Women’s Freedom”, whose Swahili manuscript was found in a collection of documents after his death in 1999.
This book has since been translated into English by Makerere University, with permission from the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation. The book will be launched at the ceremony and its proceeds will be used to sponsor ‘Nyerere Scholars’. The Nyerere scholarships will be open to academically talented but economically disadvantaged youth from East Africa, to enable them access higher education at Makerere University.
Kindly spare this day in your calendar join us as we commemorate this 50th anniversary.