Our History



Feb: The first set of proposals are delivered to NCHE, that is Aims, Objectives, Visions and Mission set; Logo’s, legal structure developed and processed, including asset consolidation and identification of core senior staff.
March – October: Series of engagements between IU Planning Committee and NCHE on these developments, leading to exchange of comments and undertakings of revisions of the proposal
Nov: Final proposal delivered to NCHE
Outcome: NCHE informs IU Planning Committee to await call for formal presentation of the proposal in Kampala.


  • Jan: NCHE invites IU Planning Committee to present the ‘defense’ of the proposal. Revisions suggested.
  • Feb-May: Revisions undertaken and final proposal submitted
  • June 23rd: NCHE invites IU Planning Committee to pick ‘Letter of Interim Authority’. Interim Authority provides a THREE YEAR lease!
  • July – Dec: ‘Interim Authority’ permits IU Planning Committee to:
  • Acquire assets and develop them for the project
  • Popularize the IU project (media, banners, liaison offices, etc.),
  • Fundraising in view of fulfillment of necessities for its success
  • Attract and recruit technical and support staff
  • Establish offices e.g. liaison office, etc.
  • Regularly exchange progress reports with NCHE


  • Popularity of the project blossomed
  • All legalities completed
  • Liaison office in place
  • Governing Council and Senior Management (VC, US, AR, Deans and HODs in place)and a growing volume of applicants for staffing positions
  • No funding from development banks but IU Planning Committee ready to start construction on whatever is available (fundraising continues)
  • Particular sourcing from sister Alliance institutions – Alliance S.S.S. and Alliance Vocational School
  • Commencement of finalizing site plans and their approvals, building materials, electricity, water and a truck for building done

IU Planning Committee shared several progress reports to NCHE


  • Feb: Construction of the campus started. Decision made with NCHE consent to start small. Hence out of the full blown site plan IU Planning Committee prioritized the existing buildings
  • March – May: IU Planning Committee shared progress report on near completion of construction and constitution of the Governing Council.
  • June: Consolidation of completing buildings and acquisitions, e.g., computers, all-round furniture for, library, offices and computer lab, reading books, teaching aids, etc.

July:  Presentation by Ibanda University Planning Committee done at NCHE in Kampala, in defense of the University’s readiness for award of the Provisional License.

  • Aug: NCHE inspection team visits Ibanda University Campus to decide on IU Planning Committee submits application for Provisional License to NCHE. As of now fittings are still on-going e.g. internet and completion of toilets, ‘Nitti grit ties’ being finalized.
  • Aug – Sept: Ibanda University’s LIFE HANGS IN THERE! We need the Provisional
  • License to start recruiting students or otherwise?
  • Provisional licence from NCHE is finally granted on 29/09/2014 and recruitment of students for admissions in IU commences.
  • By 20th August 2014 IU opened its doors for admissions of students for Bachelors and diplomas in the following disciplines;
  • Business Administration;
  • Information Technology;
  • Development Studies;
  • Social Sciences, and;
  • Public Administration,

At the beginning of the second year, we applied to NCHE for the accreditation of more courses which include bachelors and diplomas in;

  • Agriculture and rural innovations
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Education both Secondary and Primary

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