The Vice Chancellor's Profile

Prof. Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya

B.V.M. (Makerere), M.V.M. (UCD, Dublin), Ph.D (Glasgow), Certificate In Leadership (SRA, USA), Certificate In Grantsmanship (SRA, USA)

Prof. Katunguka-Rwakishaya started his education at Kyeizooba Primary School, Bushenyi, then Makobore High School, Kinyasano Rukungiri for Ordinary level education and later joined Ntare School, Mbarara for advanced level education. In 1980 he graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine upon which he was appointed a graduate fellow in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, at Makerere University. He later joined University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland and conducted research leading to a degree of Master of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. He returned to Makerere University and served as Lecturer from 1984 to 1988 and rose to the position of Senior Lecturer. In 1989, Prof.  Katunguka-Rwkishaya commenced his PhD at Glasgow University Veterinary School leading to the award of a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology/Medicine. He was granted a Wellcome Trust fellowship that allowed him to spend three months at Glasgow Veterinary School every year for the subsequent four years while conducting research, publishing and supervising PhD students among others.

Prof. Katunguka-Rwakishaya is a Professor of veterinary medicine, an academic and research administrator with a wide experience in academic leadership and Research Management. At Makerere University, he was head of the department of Veterinary Medicine (1984-1988), Deputy Dean, of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1992-1995), Dean, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1996-2004), Director of Research and Graduate Training (2004-2013)

Prof. Katunguka-Rwakishaya is a distinguished leader in research and Research Management. As Director of Research and Graduate Training at Makerere University, He attracted large Research Grants and Project funds from Development partners to support research at Makerere University. Notable partners were Swedish International Development Agency, Carnegie Corporation of New York, European Union, Wellcome Trust, DANIDA, Irish government, Norwegian government, DFID/Association of Commonwealth Universities and more. As a result of his experience and performance, Makerere University is a leading research University in Africa and Internationally.

He also served as the Chairman of Eastern African Research and Innovations Management Association (EARIMA) for many years and Founder of Uganda Research and Innovations Management Association (URIMA), Executive Director of Africa Foundation for Research and Innovations Capacity Development (AFRICaD), Executive member of the International Accreditation Council of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association, chairperson of the Steering Committee of SIDA Research Capacity Building Programme to Makerere University and Other Public Universities in Uganda.

Prof. Katunguka-Rwakishaya has published eight books, six chapters in books, 65 papers in peer reviewed journals, over 70 conference proceedings and he has participated in more than 140 international and national conferences and workshops where he has presented papers or participated as a key organizer.

Prof. Katunguka-Rwakishaya is a member of many national and international organizations notably the World Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission, Society for Research Administration International, Uganda National Examinations Board, Inter-University Council for East Africa, National Council for Higher Education and Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

In 2014, Prof. Katunguka-Rwakishaya joined Kyambogo University as the First Deputy Vice-Chancellor, of Academic Affairs. In the same year, he acted as Vice Chancellor, of Kyambogo University for the period (2014-2017). In May 2017, he was appointed as a substantive Vice Chancellor, a position he has served to date. 

During his first term in office, as a renowned leader in higher education management, Prof. Katunguka-Rwakishaya played a leading role in creating a peaceful and harmonious environment that led to uninterrupted activities at the University.

This is attributed to his leadership skills that encouraged dialogue and teamwork between University Management, Staff and Students Associations. Other key achievements included; an increased number of undergraduate and graduate programmes, an increased budget to support research and knowledge generation through the Competitive Research and Grant Scheme, enhancement of ICT capacity and innovations and the establishment of Bushenyi and Soroti Learning Centers among others.


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