Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor Search Committee this afternoon zeroed on Prof Barnabas Nawangwe as the university’s new Vice Chancellor.

Nawangwe, who has been serving as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and administration, beat competition from two contenders Prof Venansious Baryamureeba and Prof Edward Kirumira.

Prof Kirumira who is at the helm of the School of Humanities came in second position, while Baryamureeba a former VC at the university trailed.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe is the Ag. Principal,College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University. Dr. Nawangwe has acted on several occasions as DVC (AA) of Makerere University. Prior to that, he was the Dean of Faculty of Technology (2002-2009) and Head of the Department of Architecture from its inception in 1989 to 2002. He has chaired several University committees, including the University Research, Administrative and Financial Reforms Committee. Dr. Nawangwe has supervised several Masters and PhD students. He has presented numerous papers at local and international conferences and published several articles in internationally reviewed journals and books. He has also been author to a number of research reports.

Dr. Nawangwe is currently external Examiner at Nairobi University, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and Oslo School of Architecture.

Associate Professor Nawangwe is a founder member and the National Coordinator of the Innovation Systems and Innovative Clusters Programme for Uganda. This programme seeks to utilise the synergies of the triple helix (government, academia and business) to make Uganda’s businesses, especially SMEs more competitive nationally, regionally and globally. He was elected the first Chairman of the Council of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) in 2008. He is also a Board member of The Competitiveness Institute (TCI).

Associate Professor Nawangwe is a Registered Professional Architect, and has worked widely as a consulting Architect in Uganda and beyond. He is Chairman of the Architects Registration Board and a Past President of the Uganda Society of Architects. He has been responsible for the bulk of the rehabilitation and development work at Makerere University over the last twenty years. He has a long experience in architectural design, physical planning, and interior design. He has been lead consultant on several projects both in Uganda and internationally. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Head, Architecture Division of Technology Consults Limited. Dr. Nawangwe has been elected an honorary member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers.