Dean's Message

Associate Professor Ronald Bisaso (PhD)


Makerere University, East African School of Higher Education Studies and Development



The Makerere University, East African School of Higher Education Studies and Development has an academic role in addition to the service role, where the latter was the basis of its establishment in 1979.  Generally, the academic role involves training and research at postgraduate level in the field of higher education studies whereas the service role entails capacity building in higher education pedagogy, leadership and management for higher education systems and institutions in the East African Region.

Suffice to add, with respect to the academic role, the EASHESD (former Department of Higher Education) started offering its graduate academic programmes in 1988 with the introduction of the Master of Arts in Educational Management (MEMA); and in the beginning of the academic year 2002/2003, the taught PhD programme in Educational Management (by coursework and dissertation) was launched.  The taught PhD programme was the first of its kind in Makerere University.

Certainly the EASHESD has a unique status as the only teaching unit exclusively for graduate training and research in the University with the exception being Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), a research unit, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).  The EASHESD currently runs three graduate programmes namely; Master of Higher Education with specialisations in: a) Leadership and Management b) Research and Innovation, c) Teaching and Learning;  Master of Education in Educational Policy and Planning; the PhD in Educational Management (Course and Dissertation) and the PhD in Educational Management (by Research) focusing on the subject of higher education. With respect to the service role, the EASHESD currently runs the Pedagogical Skills Training Programme for Assistant Lecturers in Makerere University in partnership with the Directorate of Human Resources. The EASHESD is an Associated Partner in the Master of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) funded by the European Commission.

As one of the few organised units on higher education studies on the Continent, the EASHESD has developed her capacity to teach,  research and in-depth analysis of higher education issues in the broader environment. Most of the graduates from our programmes are employed by the Ministry of Education and Sports, Development Cooperation Agencies and Higher Education Institutions in Uganda and beyond.

We are optimistic that the choice of the EASHESD by graduate students is a fruitful undertaking that nurtures graduates with both scholarly, academic and  professional career attributes.

I would wish to assure you that we provide you with great opportunities for study and  research here on higher education at the EASHESD.

We warmly welcome those who wish to associate with the School through study, research and innovation, collaborations and partnerships.

Ronald Bisaso, PhD