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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

The IUCEA Act, 2009

In 2009 the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) enacted the IUCEA Act 2009, thus effectively integrating IUCEA into the EAC operational framework. The Act spells out the objectives, functions, institutional setup and systems of governance and management of IUCEA. According to the Act any university, university college, and degree awarding institution may apply for and get admitted to the IUCEA membership as long as it is properly incorporated in the EAC Partner State where it is operating and is pursuing objectives that are consistent with the functions of IUCEA as spelled out in the Act.

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.

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

The Call for the DAAD-funded scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” in East Africa is now open!

The scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” (LfA) aims to support the academic qualification and…

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Mérieux Foundation and IRD joint PhD scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year.

This joint scholarship covers all doctoral programs focusing on a collaborative project between IRD and…

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Clarification and Update on EAC-SMS Scholarship 2023

The management of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), takes this opportunity to…

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Regional Science, Technology & Innovation Conference set to open in Nairobi

The meeting will bring together policymakers, industry players, academicians, researchers, innovators, students, and development partners. Nairobi, 4 March 2024 The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) and the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) will jointly host the 3rd EAC Regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Conference to be held in Nairobi on 6-8 March 2024.
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Call for Applications: KDU Global – IUCEA Scholarships 2024 (5th Cohort)

The application period for KDU Global – IUCEA Scholarships 2024 is now open for students from the East Africa Community (EAC) member countries to study in various English medium undergraduate degree programs at Kyungdong University (KDU) Global Campus – one of the leading international educational institutions in South Korea.
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