Islamic University in Uganda

The Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) is a multi-campus university offering courses at certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The main campus of the university is in Mbale, Uganda, about 222 kilometres (138 mi) north-east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[4]

Islamic University in Uganda
MottoO Lord, Advance Me In Knowledge
ChairmanDr. Abdul-Aziz Al-Sebail[1]
Vice Chairman: General Moses Ali[2]
Vice-ChancellorDr. Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda[2]
Students6,000+ (2009)[3]
01°06′02″N 34°10′25″E / 1.10056°N 34.17361°E / 1.10056; 34.17361Coordinates: 01°06′02″N 34°10′25″E / 1.10056°N 34.17361°E / 1.10056; 34.17361
Islamic University in Uganda is located in Uganda
Islamic University in Uganda
Location in Uganda


The idea to start IUIU was conceived at the second summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in 1974. The university was inaugurated in February 1988 with 80 students. The main objective of the university is to serve the higher education needs of the English-speaking Muslim community in Southern and Eastern Africa. The university also enrolls non-Muslim students, who are free to practice their different religions.[5]

University campusesEdit

As of December 2014, IUIU had four campuses:[6]

1. The Main Campus is approximately 2 kilometres (1 mi) north of Mbale's central business district in the Eastern Region of Uganda, on the Mbale-Soroti road. The coordinates of the main campus are 1°06'02.0"N, 34°10'25.0"E (Latitude:1.100556; Longitude:34.173611).[7]

2. The Kampala Campus is on Kibuli Hill, approximately 3.5 kilometres (2 mi) south-east of the central business district of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.

3. The Kabojja Campus is in Kabojja, 8 kilometres (5 mi) west of Kampala's central business district. This campus is for female students only.[8] 4. The Arua Campus is in the town of Arua, approximately 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-west of Kampala.[9]


The university has the following faculties, as of January 2021:[10]

1. Faculty of Law

2. Faculty of Medicine

3. Faculty of Science

4. Faculty of Education

5. Faculty of Management Studies

6. Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

7. Faculty of Islamic Studies & Arabic Language

8. Faculty of Health Sciences[11] 9. Faculty of Technology & Engineering (Expected)[12]

9. Center for Postgraduate Studies.


Islamic University in Uganda, affectionately called IUIU boasts of Students from across the African continent. The first West African Student to be admitted to the university was Mr. Abdul Ishaq Hussein from Ghana between 1989 and 1990. He was later followed by Mr. Ahmed Gedel, also from Ghana and four other Nigerians including Imam Rufai, Ismail, Dr. Uba Inuwa and Dr. Taufik.

[File:Islamic University in Uganda |thumb|The Rector, Professor Mahdi Adamu with some West African students]]

There were many other West African students from Mali, the Gambia, famous of whom is Alieu K. Jammeh, who served as Minister of Sports under Yahya Jammeh. He is currently Gambia's High Commissioner to Guinea.

There were students from Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Africa, Djibouti and Eritrea as of July 1998.

University Halls

Currently, the university has four very competitive Halls of Residence.

Umar-Khadija, the oldest, is also arguably the most successful hall of Residence in sports activities. Two West African students were privileged to serve in high positions of the Hall. They are Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid Musah, Chairman and Anas Abubakar as the General Secretary in 1998. Their rise to these positions was mainly because they were among three of the best Table Tennis players the university had ever produced. The third player was Dr. Asiso. Suraqa. He was probably the best Table Tennis player on campus.

However, the first West African Chairman of a Hall of Residence of the University was Nurudeen Abdul Hamid of Ali- Hafswa Hall.

The other Halls are Uth-Fat Hall and Abu-Aisha Hall.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Betty Amamukirori (15 December 2015). "UIU gets new Council Chairman". New Vision. Kampala. Archived from the original on 19 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Damali Mukhaye (30 December 2020). "Ssengendo quits IUIU after 33 years". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. ^ Vision Reporter (9 June 2009). "Islamic University Sacks Registrar". New Vision. Kampala. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Mbale With Interactive Map". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  5. ^ "History of Islamic University In Uganda". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ Talemwa, Moses (1 August 2011). "IUIU Increases Student Intake". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Location of The Main Campus of Islamic University In Uganda". Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  8. ^ Nankinga, Mary (8 May 2011). "Isinina Is President At IUIU Kabojja". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  9. ^ Felix Warom Okellov and Clement Alumac (19 November 2013). "Universities Offer Hope To West Nile's Poor". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  10. ^ Islamic University In Uganda (5 January 2021). "Islamic University in Uganda: Academics: Faculties". Mbale: Islamic University In Uganda. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  11. ^ Esther Nakkazi (24 August 2013). "Health Faculty to Open In Uganda's Islamic University". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  12. ^ Sadab Kitatta Kaaya (10 September 2014). "Uganda: Islamic Organisation OIC Increases Funding for Universities". The Observer (Uganda) via Retrieved 5 January 2021.

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