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The chancellor of Uganda Christian University who also doubles as the Archbishop of the church of Uganda The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali has visited Uganda Christian university Arua campus as he bids farewell ahead of his retirement early next year.
The Archbishop says in his reign as chancellor of the university he worked with a good team that enabled them to achieve a lot as an institution.
Among the achievements is fully operationalizing the Mbale campus, establishing the school of medicine at Mengo Hospital, the general growth of the university and continuously producing students that suit the job market.
The Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University Rev. Dr. John Senyonyi explains that the UCU Sunday is an initiative of Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.
He called upon the Alumni and continuing students to own this UCU Sunday because it can contribute a great deal in the sustainability of the university.
During the farewell service, a scholarship scheme was also launched. The director of Uganda Christian university Arua campus Can Bob Obetti explains that the scheme will be used to support students who are financially constrained and sports men and women in the university.
He says the overall reason is to improve the completion rate at the university which has been greatly affected by financial limitations.Archbishop contributed one hundred thousand shillings to the seed scheme as the director contributed two hundred thousand shillings to the scholarship scheme.
According to the UCU Charter, the UCU Chancellor shall at all-time be the Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda.
The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali is the third Chancellor of Uganda Christian University. He became Chancellor in December 2012 when he was enthroned as Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and his tenure will end on the 1st of March 2020 when he clocks 65 years.
UCU Arua Campus
The UCU – Arua Campus was established in August 2003. Formerly, it was St. Paul’s Regional Theological College, offering diploma and certificate courses in Theology and also training of Lay Readers in the West Nile region and beyond. At its inception, four departments (i.e. Theology, Business Administration, Social Sciences and Education) were established for bachelor’s degrees with a humble beginning of about 80 students and 27 academic and non-academic staff.
To date, these departments have been maintained with student enrolment of 668 and about 100 staff.
The University took over premises and buildings of the Theological College but has since constructed a multipurpose hall, which also doubles as the University Chapel. Another building is the library and block of lecture rooms to accommodate the increasing number of students.
One positive aspect of the university is that university education has been decentralised to train the much-needed human resources in the district local governments at more affordable rates. End