Professor Joy Constance Kwesiga, Ph.D. (London), is an experienced academician, University Administrator Social Development Analyst and a renowned gender and Women advocate and mentor. She has had the enviable privilege of combining academic work with women’s rights activist work. She has been a Professor of Gender Studies and the Vice-Chancellor of Kabale University since November 2005 to date. She oversaw the transformation of Kabale University from a Private Community University to a Public University (since 2015). Even when Kabale University was a private University, she effectively steered it to attain an Operating Licence in 2005, and a University Charter in 2014.
Previously, Professor Kwesiga served at various levels as a University Administrator at Makerere University, rising from the ranks to the level of Deputy Academic Registrar. She then switched to the academic arena, serving as the Head of the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and later became the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Makerere University. Professor Kwesiga was the founding Head of the Gender Mainstreaming Division of the Academic Registrar’s Department at Makerere University. The goal of the Gender Mainstreaming Programme is to make Makerere University an all-inclusive institution. Professor Kwesiga was able to lay its foundation.
Professor Kwesiga has a B.A. (University of East Africa); a first-class postgraduate diploma in Public Administration (Institute of Public Administration-IPA Uganda), a Master’s degree in Higher and Further
Education (London), and a Ph.D. in Education (London). She has attended numerous short courses in her field of specialisation.
Professor Kwesiga has served as a reviewer for different academic bodies, including the African Academy of Sciences, the International Women’s Forum, and the Uganda Journal. She continues to provide this service for the Teaching in Higher Education Journal (UK), and The Uganda Journal of Management and Policy Studies (UMI – Uganda). Professor Kwesiga continues to promote quality assurance in academia as an external examiner and external assessor for staff promotions of different Universities in Africa. She has widely researched into Ugandan society and has published in the areas of equity in education, gender studies, the African Women’s Movement, civil society, and management. She has equally carried out consulting work in the same fields.
Joy Kwesiga has served on many educational and research and other related bodies. Examples include The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern Africa (OSSREA); Advisory Board of the Uganda Management Institute Journal on Management, Mentorship and Empowerment of Young Women in Uganda (MEMPROW), and ACFODE Board of Trustees. Beyond Kabale University, Professor Kwesiga plays a leadership role in the region. She is the Deputy
Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) – (2018-2021). She is a member of the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) – (2019-2022). She was the Vice-Chairperson of the Uganda Vice Chancellors’ Forum (UVCF) – 2015-2017; and still serves on its Executive Committee.
Joy Kwesiga is a founder member of Action for Development (ACFODE) – a national women’s rights organization that resuscitated the Women’s Movement in Uganda during the 1980s and 1990s. ACFODE actively promoted gender equity in education and politics and registered key achievements. She was also involved in the formation of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the Uganda Chapter, and the revival of the Uganda Association of University Women. She is a member of the African Women in Research and Development (AAWORD). She is currently a member of the Board of FAWE (Africa). At the national scene, she is one of the Eminent Women of Uganda, a body responsible for executing the Women’s Situation Room – which works towards realising peaceful elections in Africa. In continuation of her social development role, Joy Kwesiga is a founding member of KOMAZA (2013) – a Civil Society Organization with headquarters in the Kabale region, whose goal is to empower local communities, especially girls and women, and other disadvantaged members of society.
Joy Kwesiga has won many national awards in recognition of her work, focusing on equity in education, social science research, promotion of girls’ education, women’s empowerment, service to the community, Uganda Independence Medal, and national award for personal integrity.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D), (1993) University of London, Institute of Education. Field of Study: Gender and Education. Title of Thesis: “Access of Women to Higher Education in Uganda: Analysis of Inequalities, Barriers and Determinants”.
- Master of Arts (M.A.) (Higher and Further Education) (1988). University of London, Institute of Education. Title of Dissertation: “Managing a University in a Changing Environment: The Regeneration of Makerere University in Uganda”.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (DPA), The Uganda Institute of Public Administration (IPA – now Uganda Management Institute) (1979) First Class. Dissertation Topic: The Senate Committee System at Makerere University
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A) (1967) University of East Africa. Major in Geography. Second Class, Upper Division.
- Advanced Secretarial Studies, Kianda College, Nairobi, Kenya and Uganda College of Commerce (1968).
- Many short courses in research methods, gender training, management, women’s empowerment, academic writing, presentation skills, civic education, project planning and management, fund-raising, strategic life management, finance for non-finance professionals, and others, from various institutions, in Uganda and beyond.
- Equity in education
- Social science research
- Promotion of girls’ education
- Women’s empowerment
- service to the community