St. Ignatius University Kabale (IGUKA) opened its very first academic semester on Monday, January 8, 2024. According to the Academic Registrar, Ms. Audes Tiragana, a total of 17 students have so far reported with 11 students reporting on first day and others on the second day of opening. The very first student to report on the campus was  Ms. Amutuheire Elizabeth pursuing Certificate in Science Laboratory Technology.  The students were welcomed by a dedicated staff led by the Vice Chancellor, Ass. Prof. Maximiano Ngabirano to the university grounds. The opening of the academic semester happens only one day after the centennial celebrations of Our Lady of Good Shepherd Rushoroza Cathedral Parish, where the university is located.

Vice Chancellor of St. Ignatius University, Associate Prof. Maximiano Ngabirano with Ms. Amutuheire Elizabeth, the first student to report at Iguka.

As a way of showing hospitality to the students, each was given a distinctive University t-shirt, a sign or gesture depicting the university’s commitment to instill a sense of belonging and oneness among its students. St. Ignatius University Kabale makes history as the first Catholic University in Kabale Diocese.

Some University staff members together with Vice Chancellor sharing a ight moment with the pioneer students who reported on January 8.
St. Ignatius University Kabale (IGUKA) is a product of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Fund (BAAF) 2023 a drive which started in August 2023 and was climaxed on Novembers 25, 2023. The whole drive by Kabale Diocese raised a total of 2.3 billion shillings.  While representing the Prime Minister of Uganda at the climax of BAAF 2023, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, minister for ICT and National Guidance promised to connect and link St. Ignatius University Kabale to other International Universities so that there is partnership in carrying out joint programs.

In November 2023, Bishop Callist Rubaramira highlighted the transformative impact the University aims to achieve, particularly in fostering human development, job creation, and new opportunities, especially for the youth. He outlined the university’s commitment to offering practical courses in fields such as Agriculture and Tourism and emphasized the importance of exposing students to the world of research to encourage innovation and nurture a generation of job creators rather than job seekers, focusing on practical courses will contribute to reducing unemployment and poverty in the Kigezi Sub-region.

Among the pioneer courses offered at St. Ignatius University Kabale include  Bachelor of Tourism, Heritage and Leisure Management and Bachelor of Business Administration. Diploma courses include Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology (for secondary school), Diploma in Agriculture, Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management and Diploma in Medical Records and Health Informatics. Certificate courses include Laboratory Technology (for secondary schools) and Certificate in Medical Records and Health Informatics among others.
St. Ignatius University Kabale emerges as a Diocesan project to support educational sector in Kabale Diocese and Uganda in general. Its aim is to Inspire, Empower and Transform society.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Dr.Innocent Ndahiriwe

    This is very good

    1. Dominic Okecho

      Hello Dr., Hope you get back there to share your insights. I believe your footprints at Rushoroza , at NTC Kabale and the entire District are still traceable.

  2. Christine

    Wonderful news

  3. Dominic Okecho

    There is something special at that Holy Hill. Equity in Education is the better way to go. That’s where the real politics and economics are determined. May the Lord bring it to fulfillment.

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