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About The College

UMEC was commissioned by the Commander-in-Chief of Uganda Armed Forces, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on 29 January 2009 at Magamaga in Mayuge District. When Ministry of Defence purchased the defunct Lugazi University premises, a section of the facility was allotted to UMEC and in October 2010 the college relocated to Lugazi cantonment. UMEC shares the Lugazi cantonment with UPDF Engineers Brigade, School of Communication and Information Technology (SOCIT) and the School of Information Tech and Office Management (SITOM). The core objective of establishing UMEC was to progressively develop engineering, technology and any other scientific capabilities in the UPDF designed to facilitate its operations as well as contribute to national and regional strategic development.
  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Objectives
  • Location

To provide Scientific and Technological knowledge and skills for national security, stability and development.

To be a regional centre of excellence in Science and Technology for defence and sustainable development.

  • To impart Science and Technology knowledge and skills to UPDF officers and men, which are required by the UPDF to fulfill its constitutional mandate of preserving and defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda.
  • To ensure the effective stewardship of institutional resources to meet the demands of UPDF capacity building.
  • To establish and maintain collaborations, accreditations affiliations with/from other educational institutions and organizations, both local and international/foreign, to pursue opportunities for advanced studies.
  • To ensure recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff.
  • To enhance and strengthen civil-military relationships.
  • To equip UPDF officers and men with life-long knowledge and skills, useful for the UPDF and life after retirement.

It is located at Lugazi in Buikwe District, 42Km from Kampala on the Kampala Jinja highway.



Diploma Courses (Duration – 2years of semesters)

National Diploma in Civil Engineering (NDCE) National Diploma in Water Engineering (NDWE) National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (NDEE) National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (NDME) National Diploma in Architecture (NDAR)

Certificate Courses

Advanced Craft (Duration – 1year of three terms) Building and concrete practice (BCP) Motor vehicle technician (MVT) Plumbing (PL) Carpentry and Joinery (CJ) Electrical Installation (EI)
  • Directing Staff
  • College Organisation
  • Course Modules

The College is staffed with capable and experienced directing (teaching) staff drawn from the two services of the UPDFand from the sister states of Kenya and Tanzania. Additionally the College is supported by lectures from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, and Uganda management Institute, plus other visiting renowned academicians and eminent personalities. It is fully computerized with a ratio of two students per computer and full internet connectivity to enable students do their research.

The College is organized into a headquarter (Hq) with three wings namely the Coordinating Wing, the Training Wing and the Administration Wing. The College Hq is composed of the Commandant (Comdt) and the Deputy Commandant who is also the Chief Instructor. The College operates under the direction of the College Control Board whose members are HE the President and Commander in Chief as the chairman, Minister of Defence, Chief of the Defence Forces, Permanent Secretary, Comdt, Deputy Comdt as secretary to the Board and three academicians as co-opted members.

Future Plans and Challenges

The College intends to expand its infrastructure in order to increase future intake of student officers for the course from the region and the continent.

In its quest for academic excellence, the College is focused on continually improving academic standards. It is planned that in the near future, our graduates take on University degree courses concurrently. This plan will greatly enhance their future prospects of competing for jobs upon retirement from military service.

Course Modules

The modules are grouped into 4 terms running for 46 weeks covering 1610 periods of 45 minutes each. The subjects covered are:

  • Air operations
  • African Traditional Institutions
  • Communication
  • Intelligence
  • Internal security and counter insurgency operations
  • Joint warfare operations
  • Land operations
  • Leadership, Command and Management
  • Logistics
  • Maritime operations
  • Movement
  • National and International Affairs
  • Operational requirements
  • Organization
  • Peace Support Operations
  • Service Writing
  • Special operations
  • Staff Duties
  • Strategy and Policy
  • Training

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