The resolution by the Anglican mission to start a tertiary institution of learning in Western Ankole was made in 2002. It was further resolved that the institution be situated at Kabwohe Hill. Ultimately, the institution would be called Ankole Western University. In order to build up to university status, the institution is named Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology, (AWIST).
In December 2005, the Institute admitted the first batch of students to study for the Diploma in Education (Primary Education). In January 2006 another batch of students were enrolled to study for the Diploma in Agribusiness.
In November 2007, AWIST applied for a license as a tertiary college of learning. In July 2008, the license was granted and the Institute was given authority to award Certificates and Diplomas in the fields of instruction where it offered courses.
The university is located in the town of Kabwohe, in Sheema District, Western Uganda. This location lies approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda‘s capital and largest city. The approximate coordinates of the university are:0° 34′ 25.00″S, 30° 22’ 48.00″E (Latitude:-0.573610; Longitude:30.380000).The coordinates remain approximate because the university does not yet show up on most publicly available maps.
ACADEMICS AND COURSES
The academic programs offered at Ankole Western University include the following: