Our Journey

The Uganda Management Institute (UMI) started in October 7, 1969 as a Management Development Institute (MDI), then known as the Institute of Public Administration. The Institute was mandated to conduct intensive in-service training to quickly develop management capacity in the public service. It has gone through various transformations to what it is right now. In 2004, UMI was elevated to a Degree-Granting Institution by an act of Parliament. However, UMI remained an MDI. What this means is that it was able to grant degrees while continuing with its mandate of offering short courses leading to the award of certificates and diplomas. With these two mandates, UMI was then restructured into four schools; the School of Business and Management; the School of Civil Service, Public Administration and Governance; the School of Distance Learning & Information Technology as well as the School of Management Sciences. Today, UMI is geared towards the fourth industrial revolution and our anchor point is to be a Research Led University.


MissionTo Excel in Developing Practical and Sustainable Administration, Leadership and Management Capacity


MandateTo equip students with job and task related skills, values and attitude to perform their duties at their different places of work.

VisionTo be a World Class Management Development Institute.

Being Research Led

How to Achieve It

Researchers are exploring ways to personalize education and training to better meet the needs of individual participants.  This includes using technology to deliver customized content as well as adapting delivery methods to better suit different learning styles of participants.

There is growing recognition and appreciation by researchers that social and emotional skills are critical for success in the Institute and beyond.  Research is exploring ways to integrate social and emotional learning into the curriculum and develop effective strategies for teaching these skills.

As a research led Institution we exploring ways to improve faculty training and professional development to better prepare them for the challenges of modern lecture rooms.

What To Do

Universities have tried to partner with industries, private and public agencies, specialised institutions, and centres of excellence, incubations centres, business entrepreneurs, and Universities to align research priorities with their needs.

We are investing in research infrastructure to support cutting-edge research.  This will include labs, equipment and technology.

We are encouraging interdisciplinary research programs that bring together research from different disciplines to work on complex issues.  This leads to innovative solutions that would not be possible through single-discipline research.

We are working on fostering a culture of innovation by encouraging risk-taking creativity and collaboration so as to promote a dynamic research environment to attract top talent

Snap Shot
of UMI

Core Values
  • Customer Focus
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity, Transparency & Accountability
  • Equity & Fairness
  • Innovativeness & Adaptability

UMI offers a number of academic programmes at diploma, post graduate, Masters and PhD levels. UMI is classified legally as an ‘‘other Degree Awarding Institutions”. UMI”s mandate is to provide training, research and consultancy services to the public, private and Non- governmental Organizations (NGO) sectors as a Management Development Institute that offers post graduate Programmes.


UMI’s mandate is to equip students with job and task related skills, values and attitude to perform their duties at their different places of work. “We give practical training to our students.  That’s why our major method of facilitation is through case studies. Much as we give them knowledge, our main focus is on the skills development, such that after training, one can be competent at their place of work,” says Dr Kasozi Mulindwa, the Director Programs and students affairs. It is against this background that the Institute looks at people who have got both academic credentials and work experience in their field of study when enrolling students. UMI only takes on students who have at least one year of work experience post-graduation. Learning at UMI is participatory. Students have to share experiences and challenges at their work places, making them solution givers and also giving them an opportunity to learn from others and their facilitators. UMI programmes are geared towards improving service delivery. The curriculum is developed to address practical issues and build human resource capacity to deliver.  The Institute undertakes a rigorous process of development of programmes so that they are relevant to their job market.  Stakeholder consultations are carried out on all programmes to ensure what is offered is what is needed by the public.


UMI’s vision is to be a World Class Management Development Institute that excels in Developing Practical and Sustainable Administration, Leadership, and Management Capacity. ‘We will continue maintaining and sustaining people who provide service with the Institute. We also have to continue ushering UMI into the next generation.  This is expensive, but we have to work hard at it, “explains Dr James Nkata, Director General.  Nkata further says he’s leading a trudge to make UMI a technologically compliant institution that fits in the world at any particular time. ” we are now an international organization of Standardization (ISO) accredited Institute. We continue to subscribe to the internationally accepted standards of training and education in the management development institutes,” The Director General avers the institute is pushing UMI’s Programmes to the point that they will all become accredited by the international accreditation bodies.


Director Programmes says those who complete their post graduates diplomas and wish to continue with their Master’s program must endeavor to meet the Institute’s pass mark which enables them to proceed to the Masters Programmes in the field they trained in at the diploma level. “All the Programmes can be attained at all our campuses which include, Kampala which is the headquarters, Gulu, Mbarara and Mbale. And they are all accredited by the National Council for Higher Education,” he says