n Journal of Public Administration - Financing higher education : income generation in Ugandan public universities

Volume 53 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767


Public universities are mandated to advance learning, promotion of research, dissemination of knowledge, and other provisions that serve towards community engagement. Fulfilment of this mandate is reliant on an institution's effectiveness, which is largely dependent on the adequacy of funding. However, the Government of Uganda is continuously reducing funding towards universities. The article studies strategies employed in resource mobilisation in public universities in Uganda, examines the challenges faced in resource mobilisation, and ultimately suggests possible strategies to improve on financial and other resources in the public universities in the country. It has been found that public universities still rely on funding with more than 50% of their budgets being covered by the government despite the phenomenon that private students constitute more than 80% of the universities' population. Apart from private students' tuition, public universities raise funds from donations and grants, hiring of facilities, research and consultancy services, and educational services such as short-term courses. This article articulates how comparative education contributes towards interdependence within global citizenship. It advances the view for a shared presence and a common future by highlighting the need for government-owned universities in Uganda to endeavour to explore other viable alternative sources of funding.

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