Call for Application for Academic year 2023/2024

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Call for Application for Academic year 2023/2024


The Academic Registrar of African Rural University (ARU) cordially invites applications for the August 2023/2024 intake. As a reputable value based all women university dedicated to promoting rural development and sustainable agriculture, we offer a range of accredited academic programs that  equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to create transformative change in rural communities.

Accredited Academic Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Rural Development (BRD)
  • Bachelor of Science in Technologies for Rural Transformation (BSc TRT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture (BSSA)
  • Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (DESBM) .The Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management targets business operators   and upcoming entrepreneurs in all fields.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Development (PGDRD)

We are currently enrolling students for the following programs:

  1. Bachelor of Rural Development (BRD)
  2. This degree was accredited by Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). The BRD is a 4  year course i.e., three years of classroom study and one year field practice. Each year of classroom study is divided into two semesters of 17 weeks each. The Curriculum is designed in such a way that 60% of the Course content is covered under lectures while the 40% is covered under field practice.
  3. Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture (BSSA)

Admissions Requirements:

There are three entry schemes:

  • Holders of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with a minimum of two Principal Passes [either in Arts or Science Subjects] obtained at the same sitting.
  • Holders of Diplomas [in either Science, humanities or Arts disciplines] from a recognized institution.
  • Holders of Certificates of Mature Age Examinations by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

Application Process:

To apply for the August 2023/2024 intake, please follow these steps:

  1. Contact the Academic Registrar:
  2. Access the online application portal by clicking this link


More About  African Rural University (ARU)

African Rural University is a value-based all women university that offers a professional discipline in Rural Development and enables students, staff and supporters have a shared vision and purpose;

An institution that has governance and management systems that nurture and promote participatory decision making, transformational education, training and endogenous knowledge development; products which include community practice, publications, public lectures, library, Rural Transformation Specialists and Research Methodology based on the Visionary Approach; Professional Board of Trustees, Council, Staff and Promoters grounded in the principles of the creative process, disciplines of a learning organization and holistic development.

ARU has a sustainable resource base and collaborates with public, private and academic institutions, Civil Society organizations, the donor community that share similar philosophy of empowerment of rural people for self-reliance.

ARU Mission
The African Rural University for women provides transformational education to create effective change agents within an African development context. ARU applies theoretical learning, innovative instruction and field practice, so that ARU graduates can create conditions for people to improve their lives, transform their communities, awaken inherent leadership and increase their capacity for self-generating and sustainable change.

Core beliefs

  • The people of Uganda, like the people world over, are KEY to their own development.
  • Lasting change comes only as people shift from reacting or adapting to events and circumstances to being the creators of events and circumstances.
  • People who share a common vision can transcend traditional barriers and prejudices caused by tribal, religious, political and gender differences and work together to achieve that which is truly important to them all.
  • People have innate power, wisdom and authority, which they can tap, to transform the quality of their lives and that of their communities.
  • Training, education and information sharing are key strategies of transformation programmes

Why Choose ARU?

  • Unique all-women university focused on rural transformation
  • Emphasis on co-creation and indigenous knowledge
  • Professional, integrated programs in science, arts, and humanities
  • Mentoring for all-round graduates through lifelong learning
  • Curriculum based on the five disciplines of STEAM
  • Accredited academic programs offered, including Bachelor of Rural Development, Bachelor of Science in Technology for Rural Transformation, Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture, and more
  • Focus on developing change agents, rather than job seekers
  • Opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in sustainable development, entrepreneurship, and small business management
  • Value-based education centered on principles such as truth, honesty, integrity, and friendship as resources for community work
  • Collaborative partnerships with public, private, and academic institutions, civil society organizations, and donors who share a similar philosophy of empowerment of rural people for self-reliance.

Attributes of an ARU graduate:

ARU delivers a professional qualification in Technologies for Rural Transformation having completed a minimum of four years studying and engaging with communities. The graduate has demonstrated characteristics of creativity, innovativeness, vocation for rural areas, has a transcending mind, self-motivated/driven, visionary, offers political leadership and researcher. She is a change agent and a Visionary Leade

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