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.
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.
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.