Parliament has approved three new public universities after thorough scrutiny by the National Council for Higher Education.
The universities include Kabale university in Kabale District, Lira University in Lira District and Soroti University in Soroti District.
The three added universities will fully start operating (as public universities) in the financial year 2016/2017.
These are in addition to Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Busitema University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Gulu University and Muni University.
This brings the numbers of public universities in Uganda to eight.
The minister of education, Jesicca Alupo said the new public universities will equitably expand higher education to undergraduate and post graduate levels and will develop human resources appropriate for the transformation and development of Uganda.
She added that the universities will enable students to undertake basic and applied research critical to national development.
The minister of state for science and Technology Prof. Togboa Tikodri hinted on some courses that will be taught like I.C.T, Public health, medicine, Engineering, Science teacher education, Agriculture among other courses.