National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) was established as the regulator of higher education to implement the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of Parliament (UOTIA, 2001). By the provisions of the Act, NCHE is mandated to guide the establishment of institutions of higher learning as well as ensure delivery of quality and relevant education to all qualified persons.
NCHE has strived to achieve it’s mandate to ensure that relevant and sustainable quality higher education is provided at all Higher Educational Institutions in Uganda. Through strategic intervention areas NCHE is strategically positioned as it pursues its mandate through mandatory functions.
Functions of the National Council under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 as Amended
- To implement the objects of this Act;
- To promote and develop the processing and dissemination of information on Higher Education for the benefit of the people;
- To advise the Minister on the establishment and accreditation of public and private institutions of Higher Education;
- To receive, consider and process applications for -
- the establishment and accreditation of public and private Tertiary Institutions ,private Other Degree Awarding Institutions and private Universities; and
- the accreditation of the academic and professional programmes of those institutions in consultation with Professional Associations and Regulatory Bodies;
- To register all institutions of Higher Education established under this Act;
- To receive and investigate complaints relating to institutions of Higher Education and take appropriate action;
- To monitor, evaluate and regulate institutions of Higher Learning;
- In co-operation with the relevant government departments, private sector, or the different institutions of Higher Education, to evaluate the overall national manpower requirement and recommend solutions to the requirements;
- To ensure minimum standards for courses of study and equating of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by the different public and private institutions of Higher Education;
- To set and co-ordinate national standards for admission of students to the different institutions of Higher Education;
- to require and ensure that all universities, whether private or public , adhere to minimum criteria set by the National Council for admission to under-graduate and higher degree programmes;
- To determine the equivalence of all types of academic and professional qualifications of degrees, diplomas and certificates obtained elsewhere with those awarded by Uganda institutions of Higher Education for recognition in Uganda;
- To certify that an institution of Higher Education has adequate and accessible physical structures and staff for the courses to be offered by it;
- To promote national interests in courses of study and professional qualifications among the different types of institutions of Higher Education;
- To ensure that institutions of Higher Education provide adequate facilities and opportunities for carrier guidance and counselling;
- To collect, examine and publish information relating to the different institutions of Higher Education.
- To generally advise the government on policy and other matters relating to institutions of Higher Education;
- To perform any other function incidental to the objects of this Act or relating to Higher Education in Uganda or that may be conferred upon it by the Minister or any other law.
“A Uganda with Accessible, Equitable, Relevant and Sustainable Quality Higher Education”
“To ensure provision of Relevant and Sustainable Quality Higher Education for development and transformation of society”
Committees of National Council
Section 20 of the Act, requires the National Council to set up committees to help the Council in carrying out its work. Five committees have been set up and these are:
- Accreditation and Quality Assurance Committee
- Research and Development Committee
- Finance and Management Committee
- Disciplinary Committee
- Audit & Risk Management Committee