Uganda Christian University

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Uganda Christian University (UCU)
Uganda Christian University logo.jpg
MottoAlpha And Omega: God The Beginning And The End [1]
ChancellorStanley Ntagali
Vice-ChancellorJohn Senyonyi
Students11,000 (2013)
CampusUrban Main Campus
Rural Campuses: Kabale, Mbale and Arua.

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


UCU's main campus, with approximately 8,000 students, is in the town of Mukono, approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi), by road, east of Uganda's capital city, Kampala, on the Kampala-Jinja Highway.[2] The coordinates of the main campus are 0°21'27.0"N, 32°44'29.0"E (Latitude:0.357500; Longitude:32.741389).[3]

Bishop Barham University College is a regional constituent college of UCU, with about 1,000 students, located in the town of Kabale, approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi), by road, south-west of Kampala. Other regional campuses include UCU Mbale Campus, which is in Mbale, and UCU Arua Campus, which is in Arua.[citation needed]


UCU was founded in 1997 by the Anglican Church of Uganda from its premier theological seminary/college Bishop Tucker Theological College, which was established in 1913 and named after the pioneer missionary bishop Alfred Robert Tucker.[citation needed]

UCU's chancellor is the archbishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali.[4]

The first vice chancellor, Stephen Noll, was installed in 2000. He is an American Anglican priest, theologian, and missionary. He helped UCU to receive a government charter in 2004, the first of its kind in Uganda. Noll's term as vice chancellor ended in 2010.[5]

John Senyonyi is the UCU's second vice chancellor and a mathematician and evangelist. He joined UCU as a chaplain in 2001. He rose to become the deputy vice chancellor for finance and administration. Later, he became the first deputy vice chancellor in charge of development and external relations, the first such position in any Ugandan university.[6]

UCU today[edit]

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.[7]

Faculties and departments[edit]

The university is divided into the following schools, faculties, and departments:[8]

  • 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 Medicine and Dentistry[9]
  • School of Research and Post Graduate Studies
  • Department of Languages and Literature
  • Department of Mass Communication
  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Health Science
  • Department of Foundation Studies
  • Department of Information and Communication Technology

Medical school[edit]

In March 2016, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported that UCU and Mengo Hospital were negotiating for the establishment of a UCU school of medicine at the hospital. No time-frame was disclosed.[10]

On 26 February 2018, the Uganda National Council for Higher Education gave the university a letter of accreditation for three new medical courses (a) Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, (b) Bachelor of Dental Surgery and (c) Bachelor of Public Health. The three courses will be offered at the Uganda Christian University School of Medicine, starting in August 2018.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

The Church[edit]




Notable faculty[edit]

  • Stephen Noll, 1st Vice Chancellor of UCU, 2000-2010[15][16]
  • John Ntambirweki formerly lectured in the Faculty of Law.
  • John Senyonyi, 2nd Vice Chancellor of UCU and University Chaplain, 2001-2003.
  • Keith Sutton, lecturer at the then Bishop Tucker Theological College, 1968-1973.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Uganda Christian University Motto". Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Travel Distance Between Kampala And Mukono With Map". Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  3. ^ Google. "Location of Uganda Christian University Main Campus At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  4. ^ Henry Nsubuga, and Cecilia Okoth (5 July 2013). "Archbishop Ntagali Installed As Uganda Christian University Chancellor". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  5. ^ Administrator (25 October 2009). "UCU Vice Chancellor Prepares To Step Down". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  6. ^ Timbiti, Watuwa (2011). "From A Humble Start, UCU Leaps Forward". New Vision Mobile (Kampala). Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  7. ^ Ward, Kevin (2011). "New Chapter For Uganda Christian University". Uganda Church Association. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  8. ^ UCU Academic Matters
  9. ^ a b Businge, Conan (16 March 2018). "Government okays two UCU medical courses". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  10. ^ Nalubega, Leilah (19 March 2016). "Mengo Hospital & UCU plan joint medical school". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
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Coordinates: 00°21′18″N 32°44′42″E / 0.35500°N 32.74500°E / 0.35500; 32.74500