Prof. Waswa Balunywa is currently the Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS). He joined Makerere University (Mak) in 1983 as a Lecturer and rose through the ranks to become the Head of the Department of Finance and Accounting 1987, and then Dean of Faculty of Commerce 1991, before becoming the Director of the newly established Makerere University Business School. He was appointed Principal of MUBS in 1998 a position he has held since.

Surprisingly, Prof. Balunywa did not plan a career in academia, but it has turned out to be one of his major interest. While his family is full of teachers including his father, he did not think of teaching as a profession.

He has been teaching in the University for over 30 years primarily in the area of Business Administration, Accounting, Finance and Management. In recent years, he has focused on teaching and Researching on Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Change Management and Leadership.

He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship from the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom and has a B. Com and an MBA from the University of Delhi, India.

His success as Dean, Faculty of Commerce did not go unnoticed; he was instrumental and is one of the architects of MUBS, a leading Business School in the region but also in Africa. The School has over the past six (6) consecutive years produced the overall best student in Humanities at the Makerere University Graduation, the mother Institution. Prof. Balunywa led the team that started private programmes in Makerere University changing the landscape of higher education not only in the country but in the region. Today, Uganda has over 44 private universities, 11 public, four military and four-degree awarding institutions.

The School started as a Faculty of Commerce with one Degree programme and about 220 students. It now has over 20 undergraduate programmes, 11 Masters Programmes, and a PhD. The current student population in MUBS is approximately 20,000 students.

The School has six campuses. Two in Kampala, Main campus in Nakawa, Bugolobi Annex. Four regional campuses in the districts of Jinja, Arua, Mbarara,and Mbale.

These have helped to reduce congestion in Kampala, making university education affordable in Uganda and enabling many to access quality education.

Over the years, not only have the education standards improved, but also improvements on infrastructure and new buildings in the institution have been set up to give the students a better learning environment.

Construction of the MUBS Main Gate and Fence

The Main Gate was renovated to give MUBS a new face uplift and also to reduce traffic congestion at the Campus during peak hours. The main gate is redeveloped into a two-lane to reduce traffic congestion.

The new renovation, will include the installation of traffic lights that will help to combat crime around the campus, which is a big threat within the institution. The construction work has also involved a much improved block fence, roads and pathways within the School. All historical artefacts of the main gate such as the emblem will be preserved.

New Office Block (Former Block 1)

The New Office Block that was formerly known as Block 1, has been reconstructed and it houses the Human Resource  Directorate, Bursar’s Office, Procurement and Disposal Unit, Internal Auditor, Strategy and Project’s Office and the School Secretary’s office.