Mbarara University of Science and Technology
- Year of establishment: 1989
- Student enrolment 2015: 3,100
- Ownership: Government of Uganda
- Campuses: 3
- Chancellor: Prof. Peter N. Mugyenyi
- Chair of Council: Dr Ben Mbonye
- Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Celestino Obua
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Pamela Mbabazi
A centre of academic and professional excellence in science and technology
Founded in 1989, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established as Uganda’s second public university to spearhead the country’s initiative to make science and technology the driver to develop the nation.
MUST lies on the banks of the meandering Rwizi River, a tributary of Lake Victoria in Mbarara Municipality along the Kabale Highway, 286 km, southwest of the capital city, Kampala.
The University is accredited by the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda. Over the years, MUST has won acclaimed national and international recognition for best practices in outreach and community relations from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European Union, the Civil Society of Uganda. It is widely known that MUST produces the best community development-oriented health, science and management professionals.
Learning and living are intimately intertwined at MUST. It is a thriving residential campus and community where students live in ‘villages’. Extra-curricular activities, professional student associations and clubs, performances, forums and sports and games beckon students as well as the communities around the University.
The Student Government known as the Guild Government is a melting pot of young and ambitious leaders who seek for democratic mandate and offer leadership on behalf of the student population. There are also a number of well-known and established student activities, such as KinaMUST, cultural gala, bazaar, freshmen and fresh women ball that add to the unique tradition and experience of being a student at MUST.
The academic staff is committed to nurturing graduates in the fields of health sciences, computing, engineering, management, development studies, tropical forest conservation and physical sciences.
MUST is building itself up to become a leading research-based university, aiming at producing quality and innovative research that delivers benefits to the communities around it.
To be a centre of academic and professional excellence in Science and Technology.
To provide quality and relevant education at national and international level with particular emphasis on Science and Technology and its application to community development.