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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

IUCEA executive members visiting IUCEA premise

IUCEA Membership 

The IUCEA membership currently stands at 136 public and private Universities and University Colleges distributed within the five East African Countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. The membership is constantly increasing as new universities get admitted.

Partner State Public Private Total
Burundi 5 10 15
Kenya 17 19 36
Rwanda 1 13 14
South Sudan 2 1 3
Tanzania 14 19 32
Uganda 9 21 30
Total 48 85 136

Who Can Join the IUCEA?

Public and private universities, polytechnics, higher education colleges, and other institutions recognized by the country authorities as degree-awarding higher education and research institutions. Download the form here  to IUCEA, see the criteria below;

Membership Criteria

To be eligible to IUCEA membership, a university, university colleges, and other degree-awarding institutions shall:

  1. Be registered and recognized by a Competent Authority to operate in the Partner State; and
  1. Have a functional quality assurance system

Criterion for full membership

A university and other degree-awarding institution in possession of accreditation by a national accreditation body of the host Partner State shall be admitted to Full Membership status

Criteria for Associate Membership

  1. A university, University College and other degree-awarding institution possessing a Provisional Licence or Letter of Interim Authority or a provisional operating agreement will be admitted as an Associate Member and will participate fully in all IUCEA activities.
  2. A constituent college will be admitted as an Associate Member

Admission Procedures

  1. Applications are submitted to the IUCEA Executive Secretary
  2. IUCEA Secretariat verifies compliance with the information provided with the criteria for IUCEA membership following verification by the National Commission/Councils for Higher Education in the respective Partner States.
  3. IUCEA Secretariat submits compliant applications to the Quality Assurance Committee for consideration and recommendation for approval by the Executive Committee

Membership Subscription

Irrespective of whether a university is public or private, the following formula for subscriptions based on the number of students registered at the respective university will apply.

Number of Students          Full Membership Fee (USD)      Associate Members Fee (USD) 
1 – 1000 2,000      1,500
1001 – 5000 4,000      2,000
5001 – 10,000 5,000      2,500
10,001 – Above 6,000      3,000

Download the Application Forms here

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