Makerere Awards Honorary Degree to Turkish President Erdogan

Makerere University has conferred a Honorary Degree of Law to Turkish president H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is in Uganda on a state visit for his distinguished role in humanitarian work as well peace and security in war torn Somalia.

This was during a special congregation constituted at the university by the Chancellor Dr. Ezra Suruma.

The head of state was accompanied by his wife and first lady Emine Gulbaran and a delegation of Turkish officials.

The Degree implies that President Erdogan will become an alumnus of Makerere University, more about making it his 16th Honors Degree in his lifetime.

Prof. Edward Kirumira the Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences in his citation hailed President Erdogan for playing an extra ordinary contribution on the international and African level in addition to Turkey’s continued support to Uganda and Makerere University in particular.

“President Erdogan has championed the wellbeing of the multitude of migrants that have either found themselves into Turkey or have been returned to turkey from other European countries. He has also played a crucial observer role and support to the African Union, approved done significant work in Somalia on drought famine and state building efforts, ” he praised the Turkish head of state.

The Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba Sentamu welcomed President Erdogan adding that his visit was historic and of honor to the institution.


He thanked the President for the existing partnership between Turkey and the university through which human resource capacity has been built.

Turkey has previously boosted ICT at the University with equipment worth Shs 100M and support towards the construction of a Peace Centre that will house lecture rooms, conference, e-learning and research facilities.

“The decision to award this Degree follows a recommendation by the Department of Religious studies under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The nomination was successfully vetted by the Senate and University council. We are privileged to have you as a member of our convocation.”

In his acceptance speech, President Erdogan expressed gratitude to the university for the recognition saying; “It’s a pleasure to come to Makerere on my first visit to the Pearl of Africa. It gives me great joy to receive his Degree.”

He pledged to further solidify the cooperation between Uganda and Turkey especially through academic exchanges such as scholarships.

“There are many Ugandan students in Turkey and they are now able to speak a second language. Education is very critical since a qualified human resource will be the driving force for Africa’s development,” he added.

As a gesture to remind him of the historic moment, the university also handed souvenirs to President Erdogan including a plaque, a certificate of convocation and a wall clock.

The ceremony was attended by the Turkish Ambassador to Uganda H.E Sedef Yavuzalp, the US Ambassador to Uganda H.E Deborah Malac as well as the State Minister of Higher Education Hon. Sandy Stevens Tickodri, Minister of Lands and Housing Hon. Daudi Migereko and Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko among others.

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