Université de Kisangani

THIS UNIVERSITY, situated in a city of more than 600 000 people, was founded by missionaries in 1963 as the Protestant Autonomous University of Congo. After nationalisation in 1971 and a process of amalgamation and subsequent unbundling, the institution assumed its current name – the University of Kisangani – in 1981.

In 2007, there were 381 academic and research staff, most of them (215) active in the humanities and social sciences – but the recent history of the institution overshadows its current realities.

In 2000, the authoritative Times Higher Education reported that the university ‘has turned into a refugee camp following confrontations between Ugandan and Rwandan troops fighting for control of the mineral-rich city. While many have fled the campus, students and staff from the medical and pharmacy faculties have been helping Red Cross workers provide treatment to refugees. The university may have to be rebuilt after the conflict.’ 1

Currently, the university’s income is derived from student fees (49 percent) and government subsidies (51 percent), but university management reports that the current income level is insufficient for effective operation. In addition, there is a serious need for infrastructure rehabilitation and additions, as well as for the acquisition of research literature. Although the university does not have a strategic plan to develop additional income sources, it is taking steps to increase academic fees to improve the daily operation of the institution.

The main challenges facing the university include serious weaknesses in the university’s information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities; and then the lack of qualified staff, of financial means, of premises and equipment, and of literature and laboratories. Clearly, the university’s physical infrastructure has not been rebuilt since the troubles. This is one reason why only 20% of the institutional focus of the University of Kisangani is reckoned for research.

Facts and Figures  at a Glance2

All students at the Université de Kisangani are full time, contact students, and all 6,058 students enrolled at the university are DRC nationals.

Table 1: Université de Kisangani - Summary of Enrolment Numbers (Actual data, 2006/7) date not specified3


Number of students enrolled per level of study

Major Field of Study

Total Number of Students (Headcount)

Under- graduate degree/ diploma Post-graduate degree/ diploma Masters Degree Doctoral Degree
Science, Engineering & Technology 304 110 25 0 2
Business, Management & Law 1,848 532 0 0 0
Humanities and Social Sciences 2,377 624 12 0 15
Health Sciences 1,529 325 0 0 0
TOTALS 6,058 1,591 37 0 17

  Source: Université de Kisangani questionnaire response

Table 2: Université de Kisangani: Academic and Research staff (Actual data, 2007)

Major Field Of Study

Total Number (headcount)

Science, Engineering & Technology 71
Business, Management & Law 37
Humanities and Social Sciences 215
Health Sciences 43
Other (not specified) 15

Source: Université de Kisangani questionnaire response


[1] Times Higher Education, 16 June 2000
[2] All data presented in this section is headcount data.
[3] Note that totals for student numbers do not tally. Verification was sought from the university, but not received at the time of writing this profile.