Research Centres and Labs


Centre /Lab

Legal status





Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development


Established by the University Council through the merger of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) and the East African School of Library and Information Sciences (EASLIS).

Offering training that is responsive to the needs of the society through tailoring courses towards what the industry demands, assist government and other organizations to build human capacity with various ICT Skills &Incubation of new ideas, as well as, nurture new technology-based businesses.

Academicians, University Students, Primary and Secondary School finalists, Business entities and Members of the General Public.

The Cisco Networking Academy,  Huawei Technologies Uganda Co. LTD for the ICT Academy& Seeds for the Future Programmes.

Crossroads Multimedia Company LT, 4) The Evbab Project Partners.

 The Amity University in India. 


Cisco Academy Support Centre


CoCIS was approved as a Regional Cisco Networking Academy under a partnership with Cisco Systems Inc in 2004

Overseeing the Cisco Programmes in  Uganda and  ensure that Local Academies operate in line with the CISCO Quality Assurance plan.

Cisco academies, students, public universities, primary and secondary schools, business entities

Cisco Systems Inc


Testing Centre


CoCIS is an approved and authorized Test Center for PearsonVuePrometric, and ICDL Africa

Administer exams for leading IT and Non-IT International Certifications such as the 200-301 CCNA,

CCNP 300-101: ROUTE, Implementing Cisco IP Routing. Exam 300-115: SWITCH Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks 


GMAT and many more


Global network of quality test centers including  PearsonVue, Prometric, ISACA/ PSI IC3 & ICDL Africa 


Huawei ICT Academy


Huawei  signed an agreement with Makerere University to establish an ICT academy in Uganda

Skilling youth in ICT Short courses such as AI, Machine Learning and Big Data, CCTV operations and maintenance, HCIA, IOT, Cyber Security   and to offer free Certification to students in mostly HCIA

Students and the General Public

Huawei Technologies Uganda


EvBAB Centre

Government of India signed an MoU with the Government of Uganda

Offering  Tele-education and telemedicine services from India to African countries through a specially developed web-based platform hosting two separate portals.

Education institutions in Africa and India

Government of Uganda,, Makerere University,, Government of India and Indian Universities


Makerere Innovation and Incubation Centre (MIIC)

Partners of  the National ICT  Initiatives Support Program(NIISP) by GoU for startup and Innovations in public and private sectors.

Incubating technology-enabled ideas in all sectors of the Ugandan Economy

Early  and later stage entrepreneurs seeking for product, business and market development support.

Under Prof. Hugh Cameron’s leadership and our Software Business Incubation programme, the centre has incubated over 150 startups, 15 of which have been investible since 2010. Many spinoffs include Kampala startup hubs such as Hive Colab, Mobile Monday, Outbox, Mara Launchpad, and Grameen Applab. Other accomplishments comprise two published refereed conference articles on business incubation at Makerere university, Global Business Labs 2011–2016 (Inter-college collaboration: CoBAMS-CoCIS (Global Business Labs), CEDAT-CoCIS (Software Business incubation), Resilient Africa Network (incubation), ThoughtWorks (Uganda) 2012–2014 and UCC 2013–2014 (training).


The Current Interns are working in partnership with

Village Capital, Cloud flight, DFCU Bank, Afri Labs, Digital Africa, MoSTI, MoICT and NG, STARTUP UGANDA, Afri Labs, VGC Group, FROLYNK, STARTUP AFRICA ROADTRIP, Binary Garage


The Artificial Intelligence and Data Science lab 

Formed by Makerere university

advancing artificial intelligence research to solve real-world challenges.




Wireless Networks and System Security



develop networked systems and applications that will ease access to communication and mobile wireless services thus contributing to the (Uganda’s) national development goals. 




The Center of Excellency in Software Engineering and Software Systems


 operated by Makerere University and center of Excellency in software engineering and software systems

Improving the quality of software systems in Africa by carrying out research in best software engineering approaches the fit the low resource settings.

academics in Software Engineering, Cyber Security and Information Technology.

companies and government agencies


Health Informatics Research Group


Launched by the MoH to support the implementation of the Uganda eHealth Policy and Strategy through undertaking research and development (provides the research arm) for the MoH

Connecting Health Informatics solutions to all health services consumers in Uganda and beyond.

health institutions, research & higher education institutions both local and international,



School of Medicine, School of Computing and Information Technology, and School of Public Health.



Informatics and visualization research group



 efficient and effective creation, management and utilization of information using ICT in the modern world.


Departments in Computer science, Networks (Software Engineering and data Communications), Information technology. members from the Faculties of Medicine and Science.


Air quality monitoring (AIRQO)

Founded in 2015 at Makerere University to close the gaps in air quality monitoring across Africa. 

Collecting data to inform public policies on reducing, containing and better management of air pollution and its associated health risks

Governments and urban  authorities, UN Environment, World Resources Centre, WEHUBIT, World Bank Group, NEMA, KCCA, AFRIQAIR, University of Colorado, National Research foundation etc.




It is a cooperation between Makerere University, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology , the University of Juba and the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen.

 Improve the accuracy of and access to weather information by the communities in the East African region through suitable ICTs (for increased productivity

Partner institutions

 Makerere University  (host institution), Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) in Tanzania, the University of Juba in South Sudan and the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen.


The Smart classroom

The International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of (UNESCO-ICHEI) set out to support the higher education system, improve education quality, and promote equity for education in the developing world. Joined by the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) and CreateView UNESCO ICHEI works with Makerere University to collaborative establish the Smart Classroom on its campus.


bring together the Smart Classroom functions to the university education system to facilitate advanced learning and cognition, as well as cooperation and participation.

Universities in East Africa and beyond

Chinese education technology companies, the UNESCO International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (ICHEI) and China’s International Institute of Online Education) under the auspices of UNESCO.


Geospatial and Computational

Conducts critical research in GIS, spatial analysis, nanotechnological aspects, spatiotemporal areas and computational areas

Focus is on geospatial knowledge and technology

Uganda and beyond.

KTH-Sweden, UCC and partner institutions


Internet of Things (IoT)

Conducts critical research in Internet of Things (IoT) and Sensor Technology.

Focus is on IoT research and training

Uganda and beyond

China and partner institutions