Busitema University is a multi campus model public University located in the eastern region of Uganda. The main campus is at Busitema and other campuses at Nagongera, Namasagali, Arapai, Mbale, Pallisa and Kaliro. Established by Statutory Instrument in 2007, the University focuses on relevant and critical study programs in Engineering, Science Education, Health Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Management Sciences and Vocational Education. At the time of establishment, it was envisaged that the University would improve equitable access to University Education in the country, since the region did not have a public University. The University opened its doors to the first cohort of students on 3rd October 2007.
Initially, Busitema University started with two operational campuses; Busitema Campus focusing on Engineering and Technology disciplines and Nagongera Campus with a focus on Science and Education. To date, the University has six operational campuses and one study center in Tororo town focusing on short and skill-based training courses. The University has also grown from two faculties and three academic programmes to six faculties and 40 academic programmes across various specializations