Lira University was established as a Public University by Statutory Instrument No. 35, July 8th ,2015 to expand equitable higher education in the country. It was not set up just as another Public University in Uganda but Lira University to respond to the critical development needs. This is underscored by the type of programmes that are drawn to run in the University. We have identified Public Health of the community and the safety of lives at birth as areas where an intervention is critically needed. It is therefore not by guess work that our first programmes are addressing Public, Maternal and Neonatal health. It was also established on a niche of training students in Health Sciences. It has the first University Teaching Hospital in Uganda. The University has a fully-constituted Council, Senate, Appointments Board and other Committees to run its affairs.
Lira University is located in Ayere village, Barapwo parich, Lira Sub-county, Erute County in Lira district. It covers a total area of 621 acres (251.3 hectares).
Lira University derives its mandate from the Universities and oher Tertiary Institutions Act, 2003. The mandate as enshrined under the provisions of section 24 of the Act is to “provide higher education, promote/ undertake research, innovations and disseminate knowledge”.
Courses and Intakes
Lira University currently has 2 functioning faculties namely: Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Management Sciences. It is operating 9 programmes: Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA), Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology and Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Public Administration.
There are many upcoming programmes among which are: Bachelor of Computer Education and Bachelor of Science Education, among others.
Lira University had a total enrolment of 976 students (531 males and 445 females) during the academic year 2018/2019. Out of these, 282 students are Government-sponsored while 694 students are privately-sponsored. The enrolment is expected to increase during upcoming Academic years as the University also expands its physical infrastructure.
Lira University Teaching Hospital
Lira University has a teaching hospital which shall be the Training Centre for all the medical students in the University and also provide comprehensive health services to the public. The hospital was constructed with support from the ADB-HEST project and it is the first of its kind in the entire country. This will boost the niche of training students in health sciences.
Lira University Library started as a college library affiliated to Gulu University Library that was established in the year 2002. The college library was set up in Lira campus in November 2010 following the establishment of Gulu University Constituent College in 2009. Lira University Library has over the years transformed itself into a modern academic Library.
Our well-equipped modern library offers a conducive learning environment that enhances our learning and research goals. Read More…
Lira University enjoys a wide WiFi coverage and it has several computer laboratories mainly for teaching and research purposes, and use of online library services.