Uganda Christian University

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Uganda Christian University (UCU)
Motto Alpha and Omega: God the Beginning and the End [1]
Established 1997
Type Private
Chancellor Archbishop Stanley Ntagali
Vice-Chancellor John Musisi Senyonyi PhD
Students 11,000 (2013)
Location Mukono, Uganda
Campus Urban (rural campuses at: Kabale, Mbale & Arua)
Website Homepage

Uganda Christian University (UCU) is a private church-founded university administered by the Church of Uganda.


The Uganda Christian University (UCU) Main Campus, with approximately 8,000 students, is located in the town of Mukono, approximately 26 kilometres (16 mi), by road, east of Uganda's capital city, Kampala, on the Kampala-Jinja Highway. The University has a regional constituent college Bishop Barham University College (BBUC), with about 1,000 students, located in the town of Kabale, approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala. The coordinates of the main campus are: 00 21 18N, 32 44 42E (Latitude:0.3550; Longitude:32.7450).Other regional campuses include UCU Mbale Campus, which is situated in Mbale, at the foot of Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda. The mountain sits on the border with western Kenya. Also, UCU Arua Campus, which is located in Arua in northwestern Uganda. To the north is the new nation of South Sudan while to its west is the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


UCU was founded in 1997 by the Anglican Church of Uganda from its premier theological seminary/college Bishop Tucker Theological College, founded in 1913 and named after the pioneer missionary bishop Alfred Tucker. The University Chancellor is the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali.[2] The first Vice Chancellor, the Rev. Professor Stephen Noll,[3] was installed in 2000. Noll is an American Anglican priest, theologian, and missionary and has guided the University to receive a Government Charter in 2004, the first of its kind in Uganda.[4]

Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi is the second Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University. The 54 year old mathematician and evangelist joined UCU as a chaplain in 2001. He rose through the ranks to become the deputy VC for Finance and Administration. Later he was to be the first deputy VC in charge of Development and External Relations, the first such position in any Ugandan university.

Senyonyi is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree. He holds a Masters degree in Theology from Trinity International University, USA, and a PhD in Statistical Mathematics from the University of Melbourne.

John Senyonyi is the founding director of Family Life Network, the chairman of mission’s committee of the African’s Evangelistic Enterprise, and a member of the GAFCON theological working group

UCU Today[edit]

UCU has expanded its programmes to include theology, education, social work, business, law, mass communication, development studies, information technology, library and information science engineering and nursing. It has innovated a number of modular courses in education, counselling, organizational leadership, maternal health and health administration.

UCU was the first affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) from Africa. In 2004, the CCCU and UCU initiated a Uganda Studies Program for students from North American colleges to spend a semester at UCU.

While the majority of faculty and students are Ugandan, UCU has attracted students from other African Great Lakes countries, and a number of expatriate staff from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. These international ties are in part historic through societies like the Church Mission Society and in part new ties formed among churches of the Anglican Communion.

Faculties and departments[edit]

The university is divided into the following schools, faculties and departments:[5]

  • Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business and Administration
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Health sciences
  • School of Research & Post Graduate Studies
  • Department of Languages & Literature
  • Department of Mass Communication
  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Health Science
  • Department of Foundation Studies
  • Department of Information and Communication Technology
  • inter national relationship and diplomacy

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Coordinates: 00°21′18″N 32°44′42″E / 0.35500°N 32.74500°E / 0.35500; 32.74500