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  1. An applicant for a tertiary institution to be granted a certificate of classification and registration , shall make a written application to the National Council for Higher Education.Visit their website on the following Link
  2. The application shall be accompanied by a project proposal containing the information concerning the proposed Tertiary institution registration and classification.
    • The Act states that any Tertiary Institution being a holder of a provisional license for a period of not less than two years may apply to the National Council for a certificate of classification and registration.
    • The Act states that a Tertiary institution may, with the prior approval of the National Council for Higher Education- apply for a certificate of Classification and Registration
  3. This can be done by visiting the National Council for Higher Education Offices and obtaining an Application Form to classify and register a Tertiary institution in Uganda .
  4. Pick the application form to register and classify a tertiary institution , in addition to any other details that the National Council may in each case specify, attach the required documents as indicated in the sections of procedure of required document.
  5. An application for registering and classifying a tertiary institution shall be in a prescribed Form and shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee of 4,000,000.
  6. You will be required to pay the appropriate application fees above and submit or attach the payment receipt together with application form.
  7. The National council for Higher Education Board on receipt of the application form shall evaluate it. In case it satisfies the National Council as to the progress of the classifying and registering a tertiary institution and if it is in conformity with the prescribed institutional standards, the National Council shall appoint an Inspection Committee to inquire into the academic, administrative and social affairs of the proposed Tertiary institution.
  8. If after consideration of the report of the Inspection Committee and other relevant matter, the National Council is satisfied as to the status of the Tertiary institution, then ,it shall register and classify the tertiary institute.
  9. However, if after consideration of the report of the Inspection Committee and any other relevant matter, the National Council is not satisfied with the findings, the National Council shall inform the Tertiary institute about the shortfalls in its expectations and give reasons for not recommending the registration and classification of the tertiary institute.
    • The Act further provides that the Inspection Committee shall submit to the National Council a report on the Tertiary institute within a period of six months from the date of its appointment.
  10. The National council, if after a period of one year from the date of receipt of the application, the National Council is certified that a Tertiary Institution provisionally licensed is properly administered and organized and has attained the required standards of instruction, the National Council shall issue a certificate of classification and registration and shall as soon as practicable by legal notice publish the Certificate in the Gazette.
  11. Upon publication of the certificate of classification and registration in the Gazette the tertiary Institution to which the certificate is granted shall be recognized as of comparable and equivalent merit with those of other recognized tertiary institution.

Required Documents[edit]

  1. the name of the proposed Tertiary institute and its proposal physical location;
  2. the name or names of the promoters of the Tertiary institute ;
  3. the vision, mission, objectives and philosophy for which the Tertiary institute is to be established;
  4. the proposed governance structure of the Tertiary institute;
  5. the proposal human resources that will be required to operate the Tertiary institute.
  6. The expected source of financial resources;
  7. The time table indicating the steps proposed to be taken towards the realization of the objectives of the Tertiary institute.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda National Council of Higher Education - Head Office,
Plot M834, Kigobe Road – Kyambogo
Kampala , Uganda
P.O.Box 76 Kyambogo
Kampala , Uganda
Tel: +256393262140/1
Fax: 256 312 262 145
Email: [email protected]
Website: Link


  • Any Tertiary institute with is provisionally licensed and is properly administered and organized and has attained the required standards of instruction from the National Council is eligible for this permit.


  • Application for the certificate of classification and registration as USh. 100,000/=
  • The fee for the certificate of classification and registration as USh. 4,000,000/=


  • The Valid period fora grant of certificate of classification and registration of tertiary institution is 2 years

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Processing Time[edit]

  • The maximum Processing time is Usually one year.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. 	
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url '' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.


  • No person shall establish and operate a University or Tertiary institution without the relevant provisional license, charter or certificate granted under the Act.
  • Any person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than fifty currency points

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Identity number
  • Contact address and Phone number
  • Business Plan information
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship
  • Audited annual financial statements or audited financial forecasts
  • the name of the proposed constituent college ,
  • the location,
  • the mission and vision,
  • the nature of the proposed constituent college and
  • its proposed focal niche in the current Ugandan tertiary institute system.

Need for the Document[edit]

  • The license ensures quality of tertiary institutions to meet the standards equivalent to and recognized by other institutions

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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