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Welcome to IUCEA

Vision:  IUCEA becomes an exemplary common higher education area for a prosperous and sustainable East African Community by 2030.

Mission: To encourage and develop mutually beneficial collaboration between Member Universities and between them and Governments and other organizations, both public and private

IUCEA Core Values:  Accountability, Transparency, Unity, Diversity, Integrity, Professionalism and Teamwork

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To become the leading EAC Institution for an exemplary Common Higher Education Area for a prosperous and sustainable East African Community


To encourage and develop mutually beneficial collaboration between Member Universities and between them and Governments and other organisations, both public and private

The objectives of IUCEA’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026 aim at furthering:

  1. Higher education sector coordination at the regional level by IUCEA.
  2. Regional harmonization of higher education systems, comprising the mutual recognition of qualifications and the mobility of staff, students, graduates, and professionals within the region and beyond.
  3. Professionalization of leadership and management of higher education institutions, resulting in outputs which drive the economic, social and ecological development in an integrated EAC.
  4. Adoption and utilization of technology at higher education institutions.
  5. Availability of integrated higher education information at IUCEA’s information portal.
  6. Dynamic interaction of knowledge generation, translation and realization processes for a sustainable Knowledge-Based Economy in the EAC. Readmore
IUCEA Executive Members Visiting IUCEA Premise

Functions of the council

Ensure development of a comprehensive electronic Network linking member universities, for use in supporting and promoting new methods of teaching and learning, information dissemination by the Council and between member universities and research partners.

IUCEA Meeting Held In Kampala, Uganda 2018


IUCEA has rules governing membership and establish the application process, eligibility, categories, and admission and termination of IUCEA membership. The IUCEA membership comprises of universities, university colleges, and other institutions.

Projects & Programmes

IUCEA interventions are supported by the EAC Partner States and the network of stakeholders including Development Partners from the region and beyond. The following are the current programmes and projects that are implemented or coordinated by IUCEA.

News, Opportunities & Upcoming Events

IUCEA – World Bank Sign Agreement for Additional Financing

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the World Bank have signed a grant agreement totaling US$10 million as additional financing (AF) to the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence project (ACE II).
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IUCEA General Assembly elects New Members of the Governing Board (2022-2024)

Members of the IUCEA Executive Commitee  (2022-2024) with IUCEA Executive Secretary, Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona…

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Announcing the establishment of the Hans de Wit Fellowship for early career researchers in higher education!

Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) is delighted to announce the launch of a…

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The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) will hold the 13th Annual Meeting and…

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East African countries adopt regional TVET qualifications framework

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26th May 2022 – Countries in East Africa including Ethiopia, Kenya…

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The Inter University Council for East Africa has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Horn of Africa Coordination Support Team Fiduciary Institution and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. 
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Kenya National Assembly Committee on Regional Integration Visits IUCEA

Kampala, April 5th, 2022:   Members of the Kenya’s National Assembly Select Committee on Regional…

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IUCEA, UbuntuNet Alliance move to formalise cooperation

The Chief Executive Officer of UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking, Prof. Madara Ogot, today paid a courtesy visit to the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) at the IUCEA Secretariat at Kyambogo, Kampala.
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MEACA Uganda Visits IUCEA

 A delegation from the Ministry of East African Community Affairs (MEACA) Uganda paid a visit to the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) on February 28th 2022, to check on the progress of implementation of Summit decisions on higher education.
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