The idea for starting a University in Central Western Uganda was mooted by the indigenous Community members from the region led by Hon. Justice Seth Manyindo, Prof. Edward B. Rugumayo and the Rev. Albert Byaruhanga (RIP) among others.

They volunteered to establish a quality University where it had lacked for a longtime. The peoples from the ten Districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kitagwenda Bunyangabu, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Ntoroko and Fort Portal Tourism City which constitute the Central Western Uganda fully supported the University idea and participated in the preparations for its establishment and even pledged sustained support. The ten districts currently form the main regional catchment area of the University plus the greater portion of the western rift valley. The University serves a regional human population of over 3.7m people which is expanding at the rate of 4.8% per annum. The University strategic location in the City of Fort Portal was aimed at easing access to meeting the Education, research and community service needs of the people in Central Western Uganda and beyond. The University was founded through a legal status as a Company Limited by Guarantee in June 2002. Mountains of the Moon University was transformed from a Private Chartered University to a Public University under a Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 2 of 14th January 2022 under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001 (as amended) with well Accredited academic Programmes and established facilities. The University is located in Fort Portal Tourism City.

Our Vision

Being a center of Excellence in Teaching, Research and Community engagement.

Our Mission

To produce outstanding, well rounded, morally upright and innovative graduates with a knowledge base for making positive impacts on the community

Our Objectives 

  • Provide quality teaching and learning that is relevant and competitive.
  • Offer courses that address the needs of the local, national and international community.
  • Promote research for the socio economic and political development of the country.

Our Core Values

  • Hard work and professionalism
  • Respect and Institutional Loyalty
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Team work and Innovativeness
  • Sensitive to Environment