Vice Chancellor’s Office


This office's foremost objective is to provide Academic and Administrative leadership to the University in order to guarantee that financial and human resources are used effectively and in compliance with the law, University regulations, and strategic plan. The Chief Executive Officer of the University is the Vice Chancellor. According to Section 31 of the University and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001, as amended, the Vice Chancellor is in charge of the Academic, administrative, and financial affairs of the University. In the scenario that a Chancellor is not present, the Vice Chancellor presides over Ceremonial assemblies and bestows Degrees and other Academic titles and distinctions.

Through its Chairperson, the Vice Chancellor replies directly to the University Council. Indirectly, the Vice Chancellor is accountable to the Faculty Deans, Institute Directors, Dean of Students, University Bursar, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), University Secretary, Academic Registrar, University Librarian, Dean of Students, and Director - Internal Audit as a member of the University's Management Team. At Busitema University, Professor Paul Waako serves as Vice Chancellor at the moment. Prior to being appointed vice chancellor, Prof. Waako served as the first Dean of the Busitema University Faculty of Health sciences. He was able to serve on numerous National and International expert committees because of his honesty and integrity. Prof. Waako has outstanding interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving abilities, as evidenced by his numerous research publications in the roles of lead and co-researcher. He has authored a great deal of writing on the subjects of Conventional medicine,Drug development and Discovery, sensible medication use, and medicine supply networks.

Prof. Paul Waako
Vice Chancellor

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Spearheads and co-ordinates the development and review of policies, strategic plans and other interventions designed to achieve growth, academic and professional excellence in University programs
  • As the Chief Executive of the University is responsible for maintaining efficiency, effectiveness and good governance of the University.
  • Provides efficient leadership to the University through coordinating the effective implementation of strategic management plans and Council decisions.
  • Directs and supervises the Senior Management Team responsible for the academic, financial and administrative functions of the University and monitors their performance in line with the prescribed performance
  • Mobilizes both internal and external resources necessary for the implementation of the University policies, plans and programs.
  • Oversees the acquisition and fair allocation of resource to various University academic bodies and administrative
  • The Vice Chancellor is a Member of the University Council and presents the University’s position and recommendations on various issues and challenges requiring Council intervention as prescribed by law. Prepares periodic reports to Council.
  • Responsible to the Council for the general conduct and discipline of University staff and students.
  • Provides direction, resources, and oversight to establish and maintain a culture of compliance and to help ensure that research is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Uganda, local regulations, university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures. 
  • Takes appropriate steps to avoid conflicts of interest, or the appearance of conflicts of interest between financial or other personal interests and the goals and policies of the university.
  • Provides direction, resources, and oversight to establish and maintain a culture of compliance and to help ensure adherence to all Laws/ regulations, policies and procedures related to conflicts of interest.
  • Ensures compliance with university and sponsoring agency policies regarding conflicts of interest.
  • Receives financial conflict of interest disclosures from the academic and institutional officers of the university.
  • Resolves conflicts of interest of the academic and institutional officers of the university with the advice of the Directorate of Legal Affairs, and reports such resolutions periodically to the University Council.
  • Establishes and maintains a regular and consultative relationship with students and their elected representatives on matters of academic programmes, students’ welfare, infrastructure and governance.


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Prof. Paul Waako 

Vice Chancellor 

Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Cape Town
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Busitema University is a Multi Campus University established by statutory No. 22 of 2007. The University was set up to provide equitable access to higher education, promote research and advancement of learning and accelerate the socioeconomic transformation of rural communities in Eastern Uganda. The University currently has six Campuses campuses in Busia,Tororo, Mbale, Soroti, Pallisa and Kamuli

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