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The idea in commemorating a century of Makerere University's existence is to celebrate past achievements and to make new commitments towards creating a new model through common purpose, vision, thoughts and actions. These commitments, it is envisaged, will reposition Makerere into an innovative top-notch institution in Africa, and thought-leader in a fast-changing world.

Indeed, Makerere University boasts of having nurtured the most renowned leaders in Africa and globally, including Mwalimu Julius Nyerere the founder President of Tanzania, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who led the independence struggle in Kenya, Sir Edward Mutesa the first President of Uganda, Milton Obote former President of Uganda, Mwai Kibaki the President of Kenya, Benjamin Mkapa former President of Tanzania, President Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo, and President Yoweri Museveni who joined Makerere’s distinguished alumni when he received an honorary Doctorate.

The list of its renowned alumni includes Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, top scientists, leading writers, judges, Central Bank Governors, Cardinals and Archbishops, United Nation Diplomats and Ambassadors.

The goal of the celebrations therefore, is to bring together staff, students, alumni and all stakeholders in a series of multifaceted events to mark 100 years of existence. In the 100 years, Makerere University transitioned from a simple Technical College to new model university with a clear vision and mission fixed towards innovation and societal development. The Centenary is an opportunity to celebrate the various institutions, development partners, alumni, students, parents and guardians, and the general community for the great support extended to Makerere University through the years.

The centenary celebrations will enable Makerere University staff and students, alumni and stakeholders to renew their commitment to making the institution even Greater and Mightier in the years to come.