School of Statistics and Planning then The Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics was, established in July 1969 as an autonomous Institute, within the legal framework of Makerere University.  It was to provide facilities for high level professional training for personnel in Statistics and Applied Economics so as to meet the urgent needs of Uganda and other East African countries, as well as other English-speaking African countries.

The professional Statistics programme is unique in that it takes advantages of the synergies existing between Mathematics, required for modeling, Economics for theories and Statistics for data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination.

The ISAE grew both in scope and depth of its programmes and services since it was founded four decades ago. In order to consolidate its past successes in training statisticians at professional level and to adequately develop the post-graduate and specialized programmes, the University Council approved three departments for the ISAE, namely:

  1. Department of Statistical Methods
  2. Department of Planning and Applied Statistics
  3. Department of Population Studies