African Rural University (ARU) is Uganda’s newest university and the first all-women rural university in Africa fully accredited by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) [U1/PL/017]. It was founded by Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT). The University is located 1.5 Km along Kagadi-Hoima Road, Kagadi Town council, Kibaale District in Mid western Uganda East Africa.
ARU creates a pool of female leaders who are capable of participating in the socio-economic empowerment of the marginalized, and also providing rigorous scientific input into the design and practice of rural development processes by offering an integrated curriculum.
- Increase the relevance of Higher Education
- Enhance indigenous models of development
- Empower the rural poor
- Promote the development and application of entrepreneurial skills
- Meet the growing demand for higher Education
- Eliminate urban bias of University Education
- Ride the tide of transformative education
Students have three years of theory and practice and one year of field internship before graduation. Graduates are given opportunities of employment in satellite rural development centres; enjoy learning with professionals from Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Traditional wisdom specialists.
Students participate in One hour of Foundation Course (Mon.-Fri.) that gives them the opportunity to reflect on development issues.