Bishop Stuart University at 20 Years
“Celebrating 20 years of Generational Transformation of the Community through Holistic Education”
Established in 2002 by Ankole Diocese of the province of the Anglican Church of Uganda, Bishop Stuart University (BSU) is celebrating 20 years of existence in a series of events under the theme “Celebrating 20 years of Generational Transformation of the Community through Holistic Education”. The celebrations to mark the 20 years kicked off in early March this year (2022) with celebrating the life of Doris Rowney and the reburial of her remains at BSU. Later, on the 6th of May 2022, the University marked her 17th Graduation at 20 years.
Bishop Stuart University has been at the forefront of a generational transformation of the community through holistic education. Recently, the University hosted a number of activities in continuous merriments of the 20 years. These activities include; the 7th BSU Mission Week (31st July – 7th August 2022), Exhibitions (3rd to 4th August 2022), Research Dissemination Prof. Rukare Public Lecture (4th August 2022) and Vice-Chancellor’s Tournament and Pro Bono (Free Legal services).
In addition to the above activities, the University also recognised individuals who tremendously contributed to the transformation of the University and these include Rev. Can. Yokania Bitashoborokire (1st University Academic Registrar and one of the first lecturers), Late Eric Kyonyo (He protected the University’s land from being grabbed by intruders as it was transiting from NTC to University status), Prof. James Ntozi (Council member and Chairperson Committee of Appointments and Staff Welfare), Rt. Rev. Dr. Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo (1st Chancellor at the inception of BSU when it was affiliated to Uganda Christian University), Rev. Prof. Stephen Noll (the Vice-Chancellor, UCU at the time BSU was affiliated to UCU in 2006), Rt. Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, Late Prof. Emmanuel Mutebire, Hon. Justice Bart Katureebe, Rt. Rev. Dr. Elisha Kyamugambi, Rt. Rev. Dr. George Tibesigwa, Late Prof. Enoka Rukare (1st Vice-Chancellor), Prof. Jossy Rwakishana Bibangamba (2nd Vice-Chancellor) and Rev. Can. Gershom Kamondo.
Others include Lay Canon Yoram Gucwamaingi, Rev. Can. Simon Mutabazi, Rev. Can. Philemon Tinka, Wilson Tumwine, Hon. Justice Alfred Ntunduguru Karokora, Hon. Eng. John Byabagambi, Hon. Justice Kenneth Kakuru, The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Ishta Asiimwe Muganga, HE Rtd Maj. Jessica Alupo, Bishop Emeritus Yoram Bamunoba, Katongore Jackson Bells, Lay Canon Elias Rwomushana, Prof. Emmanuel Karoro, Lay Canon Evah Kagimba Babura, Prof. Mary Okwakol and Prof. Adipala Ekwamu.
The anniversary celebrations will be guided by a scripture from the book of Ezra 3:8… “The Levities, who were 20 years old or older, were put in charge of rebuilding the Lord’s Temple.”
Bishop Stuart University is an Anglican Church-founded institution. It was started in 2002, a vision born by Bishop Emeritus Elisha Kyamugambi, who also became the first Chancellor. The first Vice-Chancellor was the late Prof. Enoka Rukare, who recently was recognised for his contribution among other 30 individuals. BSU started as an affiliate of Uganda Christian University (UCU) based in Mukono.
The University received a provisional license from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to operate as a private university on June 23, 2006 and had its first graduation the same year under Uganda Christian University. The first BSU-organised graduation under the provisional license was held in 2010. On 25th October 2014, the University received a charter from the government, granted and signed by the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The university registered many achievements, starting with 200 students increasing to over 5,000 now, with over 14 departments and five faculties. The University now passes out Ph.D. graduates in different programmes who are influential in the region. Other registered achievements include; Discipline; Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty has own home in Ruharo; Faculty of law now has advocates and is one of the best in the country; Collaboration with Trinity Western University-Canada for studying online for a Master of Arts in Leadership and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. A Facilitated Academic Resource Centre was also established; Several MOUs, part of RUFORUM, over 14 staff doing their PhDs and masters; Agro-studies, Expedia, AIH, Innovations at work; Art Gallery, Medicinal gardens and oil extraction unit in Ethnobiology Laboratory; In sports, the university has many trophies from the students; BSU has also produced good leaders and alumni are employed in all sectors; Three chaplaincies under BSU Chapel of the Good Shepherd, St. John’s Catholic Community and Moslem Community, among others.
7th BSU Week: https://www.bsu.ac.ug/category/bsuat20/17th-bsu-week/