Bishop Stuart University (BSU) is a Church based private University founded by the Ankole Diocese of the Church of the Anglican Province of Uganda.
It traces its humble beginnings from Bishop Tucker Theological College Mukono which was founded in 1913 as a Normal School and over the years evolved into the Uganda Christian University in 1992. The Normal School was transferred to Ruharo, next to Mbarara High School in 1952 under Rev. Hugh F. Hodge who founded a grade II co-educational Teacher Training College, known as Bishop Stuart College at Kakoba.
From 1952-1981 Bishop Stuart College trained grades II and III teachers. In 1982 the College was transferred to Kibingo in Rwampara, giving way to National Teachers College, Kakoba, to train Diploma Teachers for Primary and Secondary Schools.
In March 2002, the Ankole Diocese Synod resolved to establish a University at Kakoba Hill, named Bishop Stuart University.
In April 2004, Bishop Stuart University became affiliated to Uganda Christian University, Mukono and through this affiliation Uganda Christian University started awarding Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates to Bishop Stuart University students.
Bishop Stuart University is now licensed by NCHE and was allowed to award Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates starting with 2006/7 Academic year.
Bishop Stuart University intends to have several campuses but at present it has only two campuses, Kakoba is the main campus and Ruharo is a second campus.
Kakoba which is the main campus of the university is on 48.2 hectares of land, 5 km east of Mbarara Municipality
On Plot 150, Buremba Road, Kashari Block 4 Kakoba Hill.
The main campus has a beautiful site of hills (Mbarara) and River Rwizi meandering below it.
This campus is located at Ruharo hill in the neighbourhood of the Diocesan Cathedral of St. James. It has a very attractive location with medical services around. It is currently, home to Nursing Program.
Faculty of Applied Sciences
The Faculty of Applied Sciences is one of the youngest units of the University, dedicated to advancing agricultural and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development through training, knowledge generation and service delivery in Uganda and the region. We are proud to be one of the premier Applied Sciences Faculties in South Western Uganda which has contributed to human capacity and this has been done through promotion of staff talent, improved teaching and enhancement of research and outreach facilities.
We offer undergraduate programmes in Agriculture and ICT including Agribusiness Management & Community Development, Computer Science and Information Technology. Graduates from this Faculty are professionals; we therefore ensure that as students participate in field internships where they get opportunity to apply theories, concepts and techniques in real-life situations. This also strengthens partnerships with stakeholders especially the community.
The Faculty is involved in identifying innovative approaches for improving agriculture and ICT to ensure positive changes in populations’ livelihood. The programmes identify needs and find solutions to ICT, agricultural, environmental, food security and quality of life concerns.
The Faculty offers the following programs. These include:-
Under Graduate Degrees
Bachelor of Agriculture (BAG)
Bachelor of Agriculture and Community Development (BACD)
Bachelor of Agribusiness Management and Community Development (BAMD)
Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Information Technology
Bachelor of Nursing Sciences
Bachelor of Public Health.
Diploma in Agribusiness Management & Community Development (DAMD)
The Faculty of Business and Development Studies (B&DS) is the biggest in the university with a student population of close to 3,000 students. It offers a wide range of study programmes leading to award of certificates, diplomas, degrees (Bachelors, Masters and PhD).
The university offers courses at Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. The programs offered include:
Certificate in Nursery Teaching (Cert.NT)
Certificate in Education Management (Cert.EM)
Certificate in Appropriate & Sustainable Technologies (Cert.AST)
Certificate in Agribusiness (Cert.Agribiz)
Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed)
Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Dip.ECE)
Diploma in Computer Science (Dip.CS)
Diploma in Agribusiness Management & Community Development (Dip.AMCD)
Diploma in Information Technology (Dip.IT)
Diploma in Business Administration (Dip.BA)
Diploma in Development Studies (Dip.Dev.Std)
Diploma in Project Planning & Management (Dip.PPM)
Diploma in Guidance and Counseling (Dip.GC)
Diploma in Social Work & Social Administration (Dip.SWASA)
Diploma in Science & Technology Education (Dip.STE)