School of Vocational Studies

Dr. Evelyne Isingoma Barugahara

Welcome message from the Dean

I welcome you to the School of Vocational Studies of Kyambogo University. The school commenced operations on 1st January 2022 following the restructuring of what was previously the Department of Human Nutrition and Home Economics under the former Faculty of Vocational Studies.

The School of Vocational Studies promotes cross and inter-disciplinary professional development with emphasis on skills and competency-based professional development. The school was the pioneer in training Home economics education and Human nutrition programmes in Uganda.

In line with Uganda Vision 2040, the National Development Plan III 2020/2021-2024/2025, and the Kyambogo University motto of promoting knowledge and skills for service, the School of Vocational delivers several specialized professional training opportunities that meet the demands of the labour market and promote inclusive development through job creation and wealth generation in the fields of food and nutrition sciences, dietetics, hospitality, family life and consumer education (home economics), cosmetology and fashion. The school has adopted a blended learning approach in its teaching and learning where face-to-face sessions are blended with e-learning methodologies.

We welcome you to visit our School for more details about what we do and what we can do together.

About the School of Vocational Studies

Vision:   A centre of excellence in competency-based professional development, research and innovations

Mission:  Advance and promote knowledge and development of skills that meet the demands of the modern labour market with regard to job creation, innovativeness and transformation of society

The School of Vocational Studies is comprised of four Departments:

  • Family Life and Consumer Studies: Trains teachers in home economics education at Diploma and Bachelor levels.
  • Nutritional Science and Dietetics: Trains nutritionists and dietitians who are needed as frontline workers in addressing the problem of malnutrition. Undergraduate and graduate training programmes are offered in the areas of human nutrition and dietetics.
  • Hotel and Institutional Catering: Trains hotel and institutional caterers to support the growing hospitality industry in Uganda and beyond. Diploma and Bachelor level programmes are offered by the Department.
  • Cosmetology and Fashion: Trains fashion and apparel designers, and cosmetologists to meet the desired service standards for the budding fashion and cosmetology sector in the country. Diploma and Bachelor level programmes are offered by the Department.

School Staff

The School of Vocational Studies has been able to attract, develop and retain competent staff and researchers in various science disciplines.


Department of Family Life and Consumer Studies (Home Economics)

The department of Family Life and Consumer studies (Home Economics) is one of the oldest departments at Kyambogo University dating way back in the early 1960s when the then Domestic Science college was moved from Nkokonjeru to Kyambogo ……..

Department of Hotel and Institutional Catering

Department of Cosmetology and Fashion (Clothing Design)

Department of Cosmetology and Fashion (Clothing Design)

Service to the University Community

(a) Hotel and catering services

Through the Department of Hotel and Catering, the school is currently operating the University Café as part of integrated training and service delivery. The café serves breakfast and lunch to the university community at affordable prices set and managed by students in consultation with their course instructors.

(b) Participation in exhibitions

The different departments in the School of Vocational Studies have actively participated in national and University level exhibitions. Annually we are represented at the National Science Exhibitions for Universities and other Tertiary Institutions. The school was also effectively represented at the Kyambogo University STEAM Exhibition in June 2022.

(c) Nutritional outreach

The Kyambogo University Nutrition and Dietetics Students Association (KYUNDSA) are an active entity in the University. They annually hold a nutrition week in the University to create and promote awareness of good nutritional practices in addition to a practical session on nutritional status assessment and counselling services to the members of the University community.

d) Annual fashion shows

The school in partnership with the stakeholders holds a fashion show to exhibit key innovations in fashion design. This is an activity that has built a strong partnership and exposed our students to the job market.

e) Supporting professional development

The school is hosting professional Associations linked to specific departments. In particular, the Home Economics Professionals Association (HEPA) is hosted by the department of family life and consumer studies (Home Economics) while the Uganda Dietetic Association (UDA) is hosted by the Department of Nutritional Science and Dietetics, and the Nutrition Society of Uganda has a permanent membership for the Department of Nutritional Science and Dietetics. This strengthens the contribution and recognition of Kyambogo University in the professional development process that meet the labour market needs.


Some of the collaborations include joint research collaboration with Michigan State University

Supervision of Graduate students with University of Oslo, Oslo Metropolitan University, Michigan State University and Kenyatta University. 

Existing project

Cascade project: Catalyzing Strengthened Policy Action for Healthy Diets and Resilience.

Contact us

For more information, please send an email to:

By: Dr. Evelyne Isingoma Barugahara