Institute of Ethics


The Institute of Ethics (IE) was established on 1st July 2015 by the UMU Management, with the approval of the Senate. The IE was entrusted with the mandate to: 1) strengthen ethics teaching programs, 2) engage the public (outreach) in moral discourse and ethics consultations, and 3) influence policy formation and policy review through publications and workshops.

Prior to the establishment of the Institute of Ethics, overseeing ethics curricular development and the teaching of ethics programs was a responsibility of the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies (IEDS). IEDS advanced a specific UMU identity, as encapsulated in the motto virtute et sapientia duc mundum (lead the world in virtue and wisdom) – by teaching ethics to all students at UMU for purposes of advancing moral life.


The Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), which is owned by the Uganda Episcopal Conference, is anchored on Christian foundation and ethics values. The University’s vision is to attain excellence in teaching, learning, research, advancement of knowledge and community engagement. UMU aims at transparency, reliability, actions based on institutional ethos, and quality.

The establishment of the Institute of Ethics is a clear statement about UMU’s resolve to take the lead on both the national and global levels to advance ethics. The establishment of ethics infrastructure to transcend local needs is consistent with the international affirmation of the inherent dignity of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace (UDHR, 1948). Moreover, the strengthening of capacities for ethics teaching, ethics discourse in public engagement, and research, ensures sustenance of fundamental moral ideals inherent in Ugandan cultures and indigenous religious communities.


  1. To provide to students a holistic education that is informed by ethical values
  2. To introduce to the students certain ethical values, which will add an extra dimension to the skills they will bring to professional positions
  3. To offer to other Faculties and Departments, the basic ethics resource that are needed for an understanding of the ethics of the profession for which they are preparing themselves
  4. To make Uganda Martyrs University a resource institution for engaging the public in informed ethics discourse.

Teaching Program

The Institute of Ethics is responsible for ethics curricular development and the teaching of ethics courses throughout the Faculties and Departments at the Uganda Martyrs University; and across Campuses in: Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, Lira, Mbarara and Fort Portal.

  • Ethics Courses Across Faculties and Academic Programs – Academic Year 2015 – 2016

Faculty of Agriculture

  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Professional Ethics, BS DL
  • Professional Ethics in Organic Agriculture and Social Accountability

Faculty of Business Administration & Management

  • Introduction to Ethics (FT/PT – Nkozi, Lubaga, Masaka, Mbale).
  • Business Ethics (FT/PT – Nkozi, Lubaga, Masaka, Mbale)
  • Professional Ethics (FT – Nkozi)
  • Ethics in Focus (FT / PT – Nkozi, Lubaga, Masaka)
  • Science, Economics, and Ethics (Development Economics) (PT – Lubaga)

Department of Microfinance & Community Development

  • Introduction to Ethics (DL – Nkozi)

Faculty of Built Environment

  • Introduction to Ethics (FT – Nkozi)
  • Ethics in Focus (Ethics of Built Environment) (FT – Nkozi)
  • Business Ethics (FT – Nkozi)

Faculty of Education

  • Introduction to Ethics (FT – Nkozi)
  • Professional Ethics in Psychology (FT /PT – Masaka, Lubaga)
  • Ethics (Social Ethics) (Dip. – Nkozi)
  • Professional Ethics in Higher Education (FT – Nkozi)

Faculty of Health Science

  • Quality and Safety of Health care

Faculty of Science

  • Introduction to Ethics (FT – Nkozi)
  • Science, Technology and Ethics (FT/PT – Lubaga, Nkozi)
  • Business Ethics (Focus on IT) – Nkozi)
  • Ethics in IT Environment (FT Dip – Nkozi, Masaka)
  • Ethics in Focus

Department of Computer Science & Information Systems

  • Introduction to Ethics (FT – Nkozi)
  • Business Ethics (Focus on IT) – Nkozi)
  • Ethics in IT Environment (FT Dip – Nkozi, Masaka)
  • Ethics in Focus (FT – Nkozi)

School of Arts and Social Sciences

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Department of Development Studies

  • Introduction to Ethics (FT / PT – Nkozi, Lubaga, Masaka, Mbale)
  • Ethics in Focus (FT / PT – Nkozi, Lubaga, Masaka, Mbale)
  • Development Ethics (FT – Nkozi )
  • Ethics and Development (FT – Nkozi)
  • Ethics of Development (DL – Nkozi)
  • Bio and Environmental Ethics (FT – Nkozi, Mbale)
  • Ethics and African Development (PT /FT / DL – Nkozi, Lubaga,Mbale)
  • Ethical Foundation of African Development (FT – Nkozi, Mbale)
  • Ethics of the Environment and Sustainable Development (FT/PT/DL – Nkozi, Lubaga)
  • Introduction to Critical Thought (FT – Mbale)
  • Professional Ethics (DL – Nkozi)

Department of Governance & Peace Studies

  • Ethics in Research and Public Policy ( Lubaga)
  • Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration (Dip /BA LGHRTS)

Department of Diplomatic & International Studies

  • Ethics in International Relations (Rubaga)

Institute of Ethics

  • Master of Arts in Bioethics (PT) (Proposed)

Mother Kevin Postgraduate Medical School

  • Ethics and Law Medical (FT – Nsambya)



Fr. Dr. John Mary Mooka Kamweri, AJ
Director Institute of Ethics
(Dip. Phil. (AJ., Nairobi, 1991); BA Theo (Urban, Rome, 1998); MA Healthcare Ethics (Bioethics) (Duquesne, 2006); PhD Healthcare Ethics (Bioethics)(Duquesne, 2013)