ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY OF UGANDA. The Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) has established itself as an educational beacon for people from all across Africa, with its graduates reaching high academic levels and serving at prominent positions around the globe. Financed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the university was established in 1988 to serve the English-Speaking Sub Saharan Africa.But since then the mission has expanded as the institution has continued to welcome students from across the continent and beyond. The university which began with only 80 students, two faculties; the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language and only one campus located at Nkoma Mbale, Eastern Uganda, now accommodates over 7000 students with six faculties and four campuses spread across the country.
The university has graduated more than 10000 students in different disciplines including Islamic studies, Arabic Language, Law, Science, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Since its inception, the University has so far had 19 Graduation ceremonies.
The university has 4 campuses spread across the country with the main campus located in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. Other campuses are; Kampala Campus, located at Kibuli Hill, East of Kampala Capital City, The Females’ campus, West of Kampala Capital City and Arua campus in West Nile Region, Northern Uganda.
The University runs over 56 academic programmes under 6 faculties namely;
1. The Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language
2. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
3. The Faculty of Management Studies
4. The Faculty of Education
5. The Faculty of Science
6. The Faculty of Law
A total of over 10,000 students have graduated with certificates, Diplomas, Bachelors, Master and PhDs.
Faculty of Law The Faculty of Law was established as a department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the main Campus in September 2004 with a total number of 27 students. The faculty was housed there for one year until August 2005 when it was given autonomy and permanent premises. The Faculty of Law has a similar mission like that of the University.
This is an integral part of the development strategy seized with the positive responsibility of thoroughly educating lawyers in the theory of Common law and Islamic Law (Shariah) to ensure that they rise above narrow professionalism and become significant members of the educated community in Africa.
Diploma in law( 052002) is offered by faculty of law. Duration: 1 Year Minimum Entry Requirements: ‘O’ level certificate with a pass in English plus one principal pass and 2 Subsidiaries at ‘A’ level.
Bachelor of Laws( Evening) (05301) is offered by Faculty of Law) Duration: 4 Years Minimum Entry Requirements: ‘O’ level certificate with a minimum of 5 passes plus 2 principal passes at ‘A’ level or a relevant Diploma from a recognized institution. An applicant must have a pass in English language either at ‘O’ level or in General paper at ‘A’ level.
Faculty of Science.
The Faculty of Science (FOS) is one of the six faculties at the Islamic University in Uganda. The faculty was established in 1994/95 academic year to offer Diploma and Degree programmes in natural and applied sciences. FOS started with only 2 degree programmes; BSc Education and BSc Hons. Currently the Faculty has seven departments with eighteen academic programs at certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also one school of nursing and a Centre for Vocational Training (VTC).
Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language (FISAL) is the founder faculty of the Islamic University in Uganda. Besides offering specifically accredited academic programmes, the faculty also acts as a service faculty to other faculties that require input in Islamic studies and Arabic language.
Faculty of Education is the pioneer faculty of the Islamic University in Uganda together with the Faculty is Islamic Studies and Arabic Language. The faculty started in 1988 offering one degree programme i.e Bachelor of Arts with Education, with an enrolment of only 40 students. The aim was to produce Graduate Teachers that can teach at secondary school level in both Science and Arts subjects. In 1990, a Bachelor of Science with Education degree programme was started. In 1996, the following departments were established:- – Educational Management and Administration – Educational Psychology – Foundations of Education – Curriculum and Instruction. In 1999, masters’ program was introduced in the fields of; – Educational Management and Administration – Curriculum and Instruction. The faculty has grown tremendously in terms of student numbers and programs. It offers professional educational courses in Curriculum Studies, Educational Foundations, Educational Psychology, and Educational Management and Administration.
The faculty of Arts and Social Sciences provides training in such areas as Economics, Mass communication, History, Geography and others. It also offers service courses in languages and majors and minors for Arts education students. Post graduate programmes are also in place focusing on contemporary issues such as Religion and Peace, Geography and History.
The main students’ organisation is the Students’ Guild. It is the key representative body for the student community at all levels of the University including the University Council that makes all key policy decisions. The Students’ Guild is headed by a President and a host of Ministers from Information to International Affairs. Many student organizations exist within the University and these are helpful for the identity of the students in the University’s diverse student communities. They range from academic, social, political and cultural organisations.
International students always find IUIU a home away from home considering the comfort they get after arriving at IUIU. On arrival in Mbale, International students are received by their fellow students under the supervision of the office of Foreign Affairs Minister and they are assisted by the same office to go through the processes of registration and settling into their halls of residence. All international students are required by law to acquire a student pass while in Uganda.
The office of the University Coordinator (Dean of Students) assists the students, upon arrival in the country to acquire the permits from government agencies. Just like their counterparts, the local students, International students undergo a one week orientation period during which they are taken through the various departments of the University in order for them to know the dos and don’ts of the University. The office of the University Coordinator also organizes an International Students’ Day on which the students exhibit and exchange their different cultural facets. The aim is to make students appreciate each others’ culture, learn from each other and provide an environment favourable for the students to achieve the 4 Cs (Competence, Creativity, Confidence and Character.)
Living on Campus
There is a wide range of social and cultural activities for students at all our campuses ranging from sports, politics, art and drama organized in a manner befitting the Islamic University. International students are welcome to take part in all extra-curricular activities. The University hosts over 50 active student associations, societies, clubs, and organizations that allow students to interact, share experiences and make friends. Taking part in one or several of these student associations is a matter of choice but it is encouraged because it is one of the easiest ways designed to get into student life and to make new friends.
Life as a student is not always straight forward, and sometimes the need arises for someone to talk to. IUIU’s Social Counseling Service consists of a team of professional counselors to whom students can turn for help. Here students can discuss their problems, whether they are of an academic, financial or personal nature. The counselors also have experience in dealing with concerns of international students.