The Uganda National Council for Higher Education was established as a higher education regulating body in Uganda with the responsibility of ensuring standards in the establishment of higher education institutions as well as the programs offered by those higher education institutions. Traditional Higher Education Institutions have offered programmes under the face-to-face mode of learning where the lecturer physically interacts with learners in the delivery, practicum and discussions. However, because of the increased demand for access, and the need to ensure lifelong learning through opportunities for progression, many Higher Education Institutions globally have opened up opportunities for ODeL to operate as an additional mode of learning.

In addition, there are now a growing number of HEI in the country that have proposed to offer programmes or are already offering programmes using ODeL mode of learning. It is therefore important to ensure that the quality graduates whether from ODeL or traditional mode of learning are not compromised.


The physical limitations on interaction imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic further accelerated the need for the Higher Education mandatory shift to ODeL to enable continued access to Learning and teaching. NCHE therefore developed guidelines for Emergency ODeL in June 2020 for the lockdown period.

List of Institutions approved for ODeL

1Africa Institute of Music
2Africa Bible University
3African Renewal University
4Aga Khan University
5Artfield Institute of Design
6Bishop Stuart University
7Bugema University
8Busitema University
9Cavendish University
10Clarke International University
11Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research Institute (ECUREI)
12Gulu University
13International University of East Africa
14ISBAT University
15Islamic University In Uganda
16Kabale University
17Kampala International University
18King Ceasar University
19Kyambogo University
20Law Development Centre
21Lira University
22Livingstone International University
23Makerere University
24Makerere University Business School
25Mbarara University of Science and Technology
26Metropolitan International University
27Mildmay Institute of Health Sciences
28Muni University
29Ndejje University
30Nile Institute of Management Studies -Arua
31Nkumba University
32Sai Pali Institute of Technology and Management
33St. Lawrence University
34The Uganda Institute of Banking and Financial Services
35Uganda Christian University
36Uganda Management Institute
37Uganda Martyrs University
38Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU)
39University of Kisubi
40Victoria University
41Word of Life Bible Institute
42Team University
43Islamic Call University College
44Muteesa 1 Royal University
45Mountains of the Moon University
46Ankole Western University
47Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba
48Equator University of Science and Technology

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