Kyambogo University is focused on vocationalising and universialising education at all levels and it believes in the philosophy that knowledge is as important as skills. The University has embraced the fields of Science, Technology, Education, Vocational Studies, Arts and Social Sciences, and Special Needs and Rehabilitation as it core areas of Training and Research.

These are the areas that the previous institutions had developed and earned high repute for within the education system in Uganda. Indeed this emphasis is destined to make KYU the home of applied Sciences and Engineering, leader in Teacher Education and pioneer university in Special Needs and Rehabilitation in Uganda and the region. The University is creating more opportunities for Science and Engineering students at all levels. It is now possible to start with a certificate or diploma and progress to degree and postgraduate qualifications.

To keep pace with global trends, Kyambogo University has built capacity, and continues to do so in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The objective is to enable all students to have access to computer training. All university academic programmes have an in-built component of ICT to enable the students appreciate the value of technology and to generate interest for further learning and use.

KYU is at the apex of Teacher Education and setting the standards for Teacher Training in Primary and Secondary School levels in Uganda. It has the examining and awarding mandate for Grade III and V qualifications in the country. Avenues for teachers to Upgrade from Certificate to Postgraduate level are in place. Distance Education programmes for Primary Teachers have been designed and are in place.

KYU is the only university that trains teachers and other personnel in the field of Special Needs and Rehabilitation in Uganda. It has made provisions for technical staff like sign language interpreters for staff/students with hearing impairment as well as sighted guides and readers for staff/students with visual impairment. Braille and large print materials are being produced for consumers who are visually impaired and those who have low vision respectively. Various other assistive devices like white canes for persons who are blind are also produced.

The university is committed to ensuring that persons with barriers to learning and deployment are included and recognized as productive members of their communities in their own right.