Uganda - Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST) Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 Nov 2012
Signature Date 05 Jul 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Mar 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11420
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 66,844,677.86
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST) Project aims to contribute to building Uganda’s human capital skills development capacity—particularly in education, science and technology—to respond to labor market demands and spur productivity nationally. The project is aligned to the country’s National Development Plan 2010/2011–2014/2015 that aims at making Uganda an industrialized economy in 2025 through the provision of higher level skills. The strategic outcomes of the project are access to HEST and information and communication technology (ICT) for delivery of HEST and improved quality and relevance of HEST in target public universities and degree-awarding tertiary institutions, leading to stronger links to the productive sector. The total cost of the project is UA 74.44 million, and it will be implemented over a five-year period.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to contribute to building Uganda’s human capital through HEST and skills development in order to respond to labor market demands and spur productivity. The objective of the project is to improve equitable access, quality and relevance of skills training and research leading to job creation and self-employment.


The proposed project will benefit about 40,000 high school students graduating annually. These will be the students eligible for admission to GoU tertiary institutions countrywide, together with a postgraduate community of 1,800 in the HEIs. The project will expand and improve the quality of delivery at HEST at five operational public universities (MUK with student enrollment of 40,000; KYU 27,000; MUST 3,700; BU 2,500; GU 4,000) and two strategic degree-awarding institutions (UMI with enrollment of 5,000, and MUBS 13,600), and the new Muni University in the West Nile region, which would enroll about 3,000 by 2018 into centers with improved learning environment. An average of 35% of the enrollments listed are female. The project would also enable the university community in the eight institutions to have access to ICT for education and information management, making them better suited for employment globally. Other beneficiaries of the project include the families of all students, the teaching staff and prospective employers. The families of students who succeed in completing their studies in the TI’s will have enhanced their possibilities of increased lifetime earnings.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Uganda
Ministry of Education


IATI identifier 46002-P-UG-IAD-001
Last Update 05 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name OGWANG Peter Lawrence

Geographic Location

Country Uganda
Coordinates Location Name
-0.608 30.65 Mbarara
2.77457 32.299 Gulu
0.31628 32.5822 Kampala
0.4175 32.0228 Mityana
0.692991 34.1809 Tororo
0.0644444 32.4469 Entebbe
3.02013 30.9111 Arua