Philosophical Identities in the ‘Market’ for University Education in Uganda

  • Denis Sekiwu Kabale University
  • Anthony Mugagga Muwagga Makerere University
  • Nicholas Itaaga Makerere UniversityPhilosophical Identities in the ‘Market’ for University Education in Uganda
Keywords: Liberalisation, Funding, Marketisation


This study examines the metaphysics and political philosophy behind market competition for Uganda’s university education. Using grounded theory to filter the voices of 12 participants, the first phase of the study, which was qualitative, revealed that a rival (contestable) market of university education in Uganda has three challenges: funding, low research capacity and deregulation. In the second phase of the study, a quantitative study involving 180 participants finds that resource mobilization, financial audit compliance, grant writing, bursaries and loan facilities for students would help to minimize the market challenge. Subsequently, the paper examines the philosophy behind the market of university education. This is with the conclusion that this philosophy is part of the problem affecting university education in the country. More governmental control—to contain the challenges deregulation has posed—is urged.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2707-6113
print ISSN: 1816-6822