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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


Kampala,19th July,2023- The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the second phase of its Headquarters in Kampala. The project worth over USD8.4 million is expected to be completed within 18 months.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony held at IUCEA Headquarters in Kampala, the Chief Guest, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community (EAC) Affairs, Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, reiterated the commitment of EAC Partner States to support IUCEA to deliver its mandate including operationalisation of EAC Common Higher Education Area.

She commended IUCEA for supporting regional integration through harmonisation and quality assurance of higher education system and supporting regional mobility of staff and students in universities and other tertiary institutions. “Higher Education should ensure increased access to relevant education, improve competitiveness of graduates, ensure comparability and acceptability of qualifications and graduates,” Kadaga said.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by high-level dignitaries from EAC Partner States including representatives from Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.

The Executive Director, Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA), Ms. Wanjiru Mwita, who represented the EAC secretary General, said the new facilities will enhance collaboration among higher education institutions through research and innovation.

The Executive Secretary, IUCEA, Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona appreciated the Government and the citizens of Uganda for the support they have given IUCEA over the years.  “I wish to pay special tribute to the Government of Republic of Uganda, our host through the Ministry of Education and Sports, for offering to IUCEA this land on which our offices sit and in which we shall witness the groundbreaking ceremony,” Prof. Banyankimbona said.

The Deputy Chairperson, IUCEA Executive Committee, Prof. John Mugisha, said he hoped the new building will provide facilities that can be used by universities, researchers, and all other stakeholders to advance quality higher education and integration agenda.

The IUCEA new building facility will sit on part of the 5-acre piece of land at Kyambogo Hill in Kampala. It will include offices, resource centre, innovation and incubation centre for research, a cafeteria, a conference hall, and a data centre. The land was offered by the Government of Uganda as part of its commitment to host the body as an institution of EAC.


Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is an institution of the East African Community (EAC), which in context of Article 5 and 102 of the EAC Treaty, is mandated to advise, develop, and coordinate all matters related to higher education and research in EAC. IUCEA facilitates mobility and higher education systems, promoting quality assurance, facilitating academic and student mobility, and fostering research collaboration within the EAC region.

For more Information contact:

Gai Peter Manyuon,

Public Relations and Corporate Communications Officer,

Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA).

Tel: 256 414 256 251/2



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