From the socio-political and economic perspectives, the establishment of Gulu University was issue-based and demand-driven to respond to the much needed high-level education, research and, to stimulate sustainable development in the war-ravaged region of Northern Uganda.

Confronted with such an enormous task, the University’s functional quality could only be realized and sustained by creating specialized academic centres and Institutions to respond to particular issues from both the professional and practitioners’ perspectives.

Informed by this criterion, the University established the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies (CCMPS) in 2003, which was later elevated to an Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS) in 2007. Since then, the IPSS has responded and continues to respond to the Community challenges by establishing itself as a focal point for intellectual inquiry and action-oriented research in the field of Peace, Conflict and Strategic Studies, Governance and Ethics, Human Rights, and Transitional Justice and, any other discipline that bears relevance to the peace-building discourse and needs of the Community.

It is an innovative intervener and a multiplier in peace and reconciliation work, involving Civil Society and Community Initiatives. With commitment and interest in international cooperation for peace work, the Institute is an open space and forum for training and experiment of new methods and tools in peace work in order to create and reinforce new capacities of peace-builders as genuine catalysts within their respective communities and societies.

The Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies is to be a leading centre for academic and practical excellence in peace, legal and strategic studies.

To provide excellent quality research, training and dissemination that shall promote academic and practical growth in peace, legal and strategic studies through professionalism and sustainable response to social-community conflicts.

Recognizing the role that education plays in community transformation and in nurturing sustainable culture of peace, IPSS has developed and continues to develop academic programmes aimed at promoting a culture of peace in Northern Uganda, and in the whole nation at large. Such programmes include:

  1. A Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Security Studies
  2. A Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation Studies
  3. A Master of Arts in Ethics and Governance
  4. A PhD in Peace Studies by Research

As the Institute continues to grow, we are intending to introduce new courses in the near future. Such courses will include:

  1. A Master of Arts in International Relations and Security Studies
  2. A Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Transformation Studies
  3. A Master of Science in Forced immigration and Humanitarian Studies
  4. A Master of Arts in Peace Education
  5. A Bachelor degree in Military Science


The IPSS boasts of a team of highly qualified staff with interdisciplinary academic background spinning from law, Human rights, Peace education, anthropology, Philosophy, International Relations, journalism and Gender Studies.







Dr. Tenywa Aloysius Malagala

PhD, LL.M( International Human Rights Law, LLC (Civil Law), PGD (Human Resource Management), BA Theology, Diploma Philosophy

Essex University (UK), Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, Urban University, Rome, Uganda Management Institute


Senior Lecturer


Dr. Lioba Lenhart

PhD in Cultural and /Social Anthropology

University of Cologne, Germany

Assoc. Prof.


Dr. Stephen Langole

PhD in Pece Education

MA in Peace Education, MA in Women Studies

Gulu University; University for Peace, Costa Rica; Makerere University

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Daniel Komakech

PhD in Philosophy; MA in philosophy

Makerere University

Senior Lecturer


MS Julaina Obika

PhD(Viva Voce Corrections) in Peace Education

MA in Conflict Transformation and Management

Gulu University;


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Senior Lecturer


MS Stella Laloyo

MA in Gender and Peace Building

University for Peace, Costa Rica



MS Esther Acio

MA in Peace and Gender Studies

African University, Namibia



Dr. David Monk

PhD in Adult Education

University of Victoria, Canada

Part-time Lecturer


However, among the challenges that we are facing include lack of space and recruitment of more academic staff. While we have recently acquired  the former World Vision premises, the place has limited space for classes. We need to put new structures to accommodate the increasing number of new students due to the new programmes we are launching. Next year we are envisaging an overflow of students coming for the different courses at the Institute. Without space, we shall not be in position to take them on.

 As a solution, we have a plan and a model of a new structure that would be to accommodate many students. The budget for the construction of the new structure is estimated at 10 billion Uganda shillings. We therefore, urgently need to raise this money if we are to continue offering this value education to the community in Northern Uganda, and the neighbouring countries.

Unless we get new and larger space, we cannot increase the number of students and therefore we cannot increase our income to enable us attract and maintain highly skilled academic staff from other regions. Also, without expansion, we cannot meet the growing regional and international demands from neighbouring countries, such as South and North Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Kenya besides the already huge national demands and those from the East African Community.

Director, Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies
Tel.(00256) 0778374694
Office Tel: (00256) 0 471432945


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