About GLRU

Welcome by Vice-Chancellor

The young and rural-based University is located in Kanungu district of south west of Uganda, just 2 km from Kanungu Town along Kanungu-Kihiihi Road. It is just 45 Km from Bwindi Impenetrable forest where the whole world comes for gorilla trekking. As one heads for the University, one is able to see part of Lake Edward which is just two hours’ drive through the Queen Elizabeth National Park as one travels through the rift valley. The University is committed to do applied research, teach well and the students to learn well so that the students understand how to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to solve community problems and consequently transform communities. The University has the duty to produce educated and relevant citizens for the socio-economic development of nations. It is my sincere hope that you will find the information on this website beneficial.



History

2004: Great Lakes Regional University was founded, as a community college in 2004 in Kanungu, South-west Uganda, by Hon. Rev. Canon Dr. Hamlet Mbabazi Kabushenga following his long-term vision of empowered communities.

2007: The College became registered by the Ministry of Education as a Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) Institution in 2007.

2007: In the same year, the then College was able to offer Bachelor’s degree programmes in affiliation with Nkumba University that is located near Entebbe in Wakiso district.

2009: The College was licenced in 2009 by the National Council for Higher Education as a tertiary institution that started offering diploma and certificate programmes.

2015: The National Council for Higher Education granted the College a private university status in 2015.

2016: H. E. The President of the Republic of Uganda, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, officially opened Great Lakes Regional University on 6th January 2016. The dream of a University would not have come true if it were not for generous support and encouragement from our international partners. Details about partners are given under “Partnerships & Collaborations” given on this website.



Objectives

  • To equip students with skills to transform communities.
  • To become leading examples in academic excellence.
  • To emphasize practical skills and vocational training.
  • To emphasize practical skills and vocational training.
  • To provide quality education with ethical emphasis.



Our Vision, Mission & Motto

Vision: A leading provider of higher education in the Great Lakes Region.

Mission: To provide innovative teaching and research services using the most effective approaches in response to community needs..

Empowering doers to transform communities.

Core values: integrity, respect, customer focus, accountability and creativity.

Motto: Empowered to transform communities



Strategic Plan 2016-2020

The strategic objectives have been identified for implementation during the plan period.
  • To develop demand-driven programmes and get them accredited
  • To continuously promote steady growth in demand for the accredited programmes
  • To maintain high quality teaching, research, publication and consultancy services
  • To help youth to become entrepreneurs in various economic sectors
  • To provide a platform to exchange research findings
  • To organise and conduct training courses for productivity improvement in various economic sectors in order to transform communities
  • To establish University complementary projects
  • To promote the financial and institutional sustainability of the University
  • To spread out education opportunities in communities in the Great Lakes Region
The theory of change of Great Lakes Regional University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan presents four desired inter-related outcomes:
  • Outcome 1: Improved demand-driven and accredited professional, entrepreneurship, vocational and career teaching and training programmes
  • Outcome 2: Increased demand for its professional, entrepreneurship, vocational and career teaching and training programmes
  • Outcome 3: Empowered graduate entrepreneurs and empowered science teachers
  • Outcome 4: Continuous growth and sustainable development
Click here for the strategic plan.

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