Collaboration with Makerere University

The collaboration between Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Makerere University (MU) is the most comprehensive international collaboration at KI, from education to research activities. The collaboration has been regulated by formal agreements since 2002.

University leadership meeting
KIs President Ole Petter Ottersen meets Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe from Makerere University at Aula Medica 2018. Photographer Monika Berge

Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda was established in 1922, the Medical School in 1923. It is one of the largest universities in East and Central Africa.

The first Memorandum of Understanding confirming the partnership, and the initiation of the double degree program, was signed in 2003. In 2011 the two universities entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding for their mutual development. It was signed and endorsed during a formal ceremony at Makerere University in Kampala. The MOU was extended 2015 for a new five year period.

An implementation Agreement was signed on 11 February 2015, regarding a Joint Doctoral Training programme towards degree of Doctor of Philosophy PhD, under which a substantial number of students affiliated to Makerere University College of Health Sciences have completed a double PhD degree at KI and MU in the past years. The agreement was amended and thus prolonged February 2020 and the Sida funded collaboration has been prolonged until June 2022.


Monika Berge

International Coordinator