Uganda Country Brief

scenic vista of mountains and trees in Uganda

Photo: "Kidepo, Uganda" by Rod Waddington is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

 A long-standing partnership with Makerere University forms the back-bone of the University's relationship with Uganda.

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Research and Faculty Connections

Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility

Uganda Hub: Anchored by a strong collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Makerere University that has been growing since 2005, the Uganda Hub was established in 2015 to lay the foundation for sustainable engagement. Major partners in this collaboration are Makerere University, Infectious Diseases Institute, Mulago Hospital, and University of Minnesota. Additional collaboration exists with Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Center for Animal Health and Food Safety

ProgRESSVet - East Africa: In April 2019, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety was awarded $1.5 million over three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design and implement education and training programs in Kenya and Uganda. The training programs will target the animal health and veterinary workforce in both the public and private sectors. The goal is to improve local, national, and regional practices for animal health, and promote access to international trade markets for sustained local development.

Global Surgery and Disparities Program

The University of Minnesota Global Surgery & Disparities (UMGSD) Program works to understand and improve surgical, anesthesia, and OBGYN care in underserved areas through partnerships with local providers—both within the United States and around the world. See more about the program's work in Uganda.

Institutional Partners

Makerere University

Established in 1922, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa.

Mulago Hospital

Founded in 1913, Mulago Hospital is the main National Regional Hospital for the entire country and a teaching hospital for the Makerere College of Health Sciences.

UMN Partners and Related Units

UMN Units with Partnerships and Projects in Uganda

  • School of Public Health
  • School of Nursing
  • Medical School
  • Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA)
  • Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CVM)


Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals recipients:

Student Mobility

Ugandan Students at UMN

4 students (2019-20)*

UMN Students in Uganda

42 students (2018-19)+

*Source: ISSS Annual Report (Twin Cities only)
+Systemwide, source: Learning Abroad Center

Community Engagement

Hope Medical Clinics Uganda

Hope Medical Clinics Uganda is an NGO based in Minnesota. The UMN Department of Surgery (Medical School) partners with Hope Medical Clinics Uganda to coordinate week-long surgical camps.

Books for Africa

Books For Africa, a Minnesota-based organization, is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 49 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.