Lillian Katono Butungi Niwagaba holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; an M.B.A. from SMU, Dallas, Texas; and a B.A. (with honors) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Niwagaba has led the strategic development, implementation, and evaluation of global health programs, aligning strategic goals with institutional objectives. She has managed curriculum development initiatives and spearheaded institutional efforts for engagement with international partner universities domestically and abroad. Niwagaba also has served as mentor and advisor to medical students in formulating their research agenda and specialty focus areas.

Her recent work has centered on building collaborative partnerships with universities in the global south with a special focus on global health, international service learning, higher education development including leadership and research capacity building, student and faculty exchanges, community engagement, resource mobilization, and technology transfer. She consults globally on international service learning and other international education services.

Recent Projects/Research

  • International Service learning through community engagement: Measuring impact for participating students and host communities, Lillian Butungi Niwagaba, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center at Comparative and International Education Conference in Toronto (March 2014).
  • Revisioning Education through Institutional Collaboration and Partnerships: Focus on Africa and the West; Lillian Butungi Niwagaba, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center and Desmond Odugu, Ph.D., Lake Forest College at Comparative and International Education Conference in Toronto (March 2014).
  • Creating Engaged Learning Economies: African Universities and their role in community Development; Lillian Butungi Niwagaba, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center at Comparative and International Education Conference in New Orleans (March 2013).


  • Niwagaba, L.K.B. and Okurut-Ibore, C.M. Perspectives from Africa: Comparative Education Relevant Research and Teacher Education. Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2014. 2014, 87-92
  • Niwagaba, L.B., Cutright, M., Fossey, R. (March, 2010). Reconceptualizing higher education in East Africa: A new paradigm for institutional transformation and sustainability. Unpublished paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Niwagaba, L.B. (2009). [Review of the Book Women at the top: What women university and college presidents say about effective leadership].Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 05, 2009.
  • Cutright, M., Fossey, R., Niwagaba, L. (2008). Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in Uganda. IIE Networker Magazine.

Honors and Awards

  • Engaged Teacher Series Appreciation Award, 2015
  • International Global Health Case Competition, 1st Place, UTSW Team, 2014
  • Africa Regional Editor, Higher Education Special Interest Group, CIES
  • Africa Special Interest Group, Interim Chair Service Award

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Global Health Research
  • Cultural Competence and Ethics in Global Health
  • The Role of Higher Education in a Democracy
  • Comparative and International Higher Education
  • History and Philosophy of Higher education in the US
  • Higher Education Resource Development

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