6th UVCF CHAIRMAN (2007 - 2011)


DR. AHMED KAWEESA SSENGENDO is a botanist, academic and academic administrator in Uganda. He is the Rector of the Islamic University in Uganda, a private university that was accredited by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE) in 1988. He was appointed to that position in 2004.



He attended Kyaluhambura Primary School for his elementary education. He attended Old Kampala Secondary School for his O-Level studies, from 1973 until 1976. For his A-Level education, he relocated to St. Henry's College Kitovu, where he studied physicschemistrybiology, and subsidiary mathematics.

He was admitted to Makerere University, the largest and oldest public university in Uganda. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science]] in botany degree. He followed that with a Diploma in education. Later, he obtained a Master Arts in education, also from Makerere University. From 1985 until 1987, Ssengendo attended the University of Kansas, obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy in education degree


Work history

While pursuing his Diploma in Education, he taught at Nyamitanga Primary School and at Nyamitanga Secondary School in MbararaMbarara District. Western Region. After obtaining the diploma, he joined the Department of Botany at Makerere University as an assistant lecturer. To augment his income, he concurrently taught at Old Kampala Senior Secondary School, his alma mater, and at Bilal Islamic Institute.

When he returned to Uganda after his PhD studies in 1987, he re-joined Makerere, but this time, in the School of Education. After barely one year, he left to join eight other educators, who teamed up to start the Islamic University in Uganda in 1988. Starting out as a Lecturer at IUIU, Ssengendo rose through the ranks to become University Secretary. In 2001, he was requested to start IUIU's Kampala Campus. From 2003 to 2004 he served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics. In 2004, at the age of 45, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of IUIU.


Dr. Ahmed Kaweesa Sengendo is the first Ugandan to serve as the Rector of Islamic University in Uganda. He has had a distinguished career as Lecturer, Scholar and Academic Administrator in IUIU, which he joined as one of the Pioneer staff when the University opened its doors in 1988.

He has served in various positions within the University starting as University Secretary from 1988-2001, Director. He was then promoted to Vice Rector from 2001-2003 and finally Rector.


Since his appointment, he has worked to strengthen the core academic and research operations of the University, fostered close links with business and industry to improve the financial status of the university and has improved the image of the University with Government authorities plus the neighboring communities.


Under his Leadership, he has overseen the expansion of the University to other regions of the Country. Three Campuses under IUIU, one Northern Uganda (Arua) and two in the Capital Kampala have been opened.

This has increased the total student enrolment of the university. He has directed major construction projects within the university that are helping to improve the facilities of the University. New buildings for Academic, Student Halls of residence and many other facilities have been constructed within the University.

Prior to joining IUIU, Dr. Ahmed Sengendo was a Lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda. Dr. Sengendo holds a bachelor of Science degree and Master’s Degree from Makerere University (UG) and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (USA).

He was on Fulbright Scholarship for his Ph.D. Dr. Sengendo is an Orator and those who have listened to his speeches are amazed by his Oratory and rakish repertoire. He has been honored on several occasions with various achievements and he is happily married with children.

UVCF Address

Uganda Vice Chancellors' Forum

Makerere University

Central Teaching Facility, Room 304

P.O. Box 23683 Kampala - Uganda,

Email: secuvcf@gmail.com

Phone:(+256) 0312 202 136 / 7

            (+256) 772 454 541


UVCF Newsletter

©2022 Uganda Vice Chancellors' Forum. All Rights Reserved.