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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

60 selected for MSC Scholarships Under the East and Southern Africa Center of Excellence II Additional Financing Project

Kampala, 19th September 2023: On 15th  March 2023, the Inter-University Council for East Africa…

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Appel à candidature pour des bourses de master en santé publique pour ressortissants de…

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2023/2024 (COHORT 1 Undergraduate programmes)

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is inviting applications from eligible citizens of the EAC partner states for cohort 1 of the undergraduate programs under the East Africa Community Student’s Mobility Scholarship Scheme (EAC-SMS). This scholarship is supported by IUCEA-Member Universities, the IUCEA, and parents/guardians/self.
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East African higher Education Quality Assurance Network Forum currently underway in Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura-5th September 2023: - The 12th Annual East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Forum kicked off in Bujumbura, Burundi under the theme: “Nurturing Emerging Trends in Higher Education through quality Assurance”.
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Jukwaa La Mtandao Wa Uhakiki Wa Ubora Wa Elimu Ya Jumuiya Ya Jumuiya Ya Afrika Mashariki (EAQAN) Yafanyika Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura-5 Septemba 2023: - Kongamano la 12 la Kila Mwaka la Mtandao wa Uhakiki wa Ubora wa Elimu ya Juu la Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki lilianza mjini Bujumbura, Burundi chini ya mada: "Kukuza Mitindo inayoibukia katika Elimu ya Juu kupitia Uhakikisho wa Ubora wa Elimu ya Juu".
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