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Highly Exclusive: Studies reveal top employers of Makerere University graduates

By Executive Editor

THREE separate studies conducted by Makerere University’s Directorate of Quality Assurance, have revealed top employers of the hill-based Institution.

On Friday, February 2, 2024, the University concluded a week long graduation ceremonies. Over 10, 000 graduated in the different disciplines. 

The studies show that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Makerere University, Uganda Revenue Authority, Uganda Police Force, Uganda Prisons and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) among others are the leading employers in the public sector. In the private sector, MTN Uganda, Stanbic Bank, Centenary Bank, Equity Bank, Airtel Uganda and Centenary Bank among others account for employers in that sector.


Makerere University Tracer Study of the 2012 graduates showed that 83% of those fully employed worked in the Public Sector and were employed in 97 government institutions including Makerere University, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). In the private sector, MTN Uganda, Equity Bank and Stanbic Bank topped the list. 

According to the same study, carried out within the graduates of 2014, 40% of those fully employed worked for the Private Sector and were employed in 475 Private-Sector-Institutions. The leading employers in the private sector were Airtel Uganda, Centenary Bank, MTN Uganda and Stanbic Bank among others. In the Public Sector, the Uganda Police Force, KCCA, Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), Uganda Prisons and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) topped the list of employers in the Public Sector.

The same study conducted among graduates of 2015 showed that 18% of those fully employed worked for the public sector. The leading public sector institutions were Local Government, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and KCCA. Centenary Bank, and Mukwano Group topped the list of private-sector-institutions that employed graduates of Makerere University that year. Key players in the top ten were telecom companies, banks and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

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