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The Honours College is a constituent program of Uganda Christian University and its Leadership Development Initiative. Conceived in May 2002, the Initiative is a response to the urgent need for Christian leadership in the country.

The Honours College is the “home” for students who have been chosen for their leadership potential. We believe that effective learning and career preparation cannot be done in isolation. Rather, it is enhanced in a community of love, care and support. Honours College provides its students with such a community.

Honours College, thus, existing as a community of learning, draws heavily from Paolo Freire’s celebrated statement,  

” What we learn most powerfully shaped by those with we learn”

This statement forms the philosophy for this community of learning. It underscores the corporate nature of the learning process, and the Honours College is a place where students are nurtured.

The corporate nature of the learning process necessarily makes the Honours College more than simply another hall of residence for the University. It is a place where students will be helped to grow in all faculties of life – intellectually, socially, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually – through interacting with each other and with their resident scholars and leaders in Church and community.

The Honours College takes seriously its duty and responsibility of providing the context in which students’ potential will be enhanced. Having accepted to become a member of the college, students commit themselves to an institution whose aim is simply to nurture them. Programmes that are designed, opportunities and resources available aim at doing exactly this.

The Vision of Honours College

The Honours College envisions being the Heartbeat of the Centre of excellence in the Heart of Africa

The Mission of the Honours College

The ultimate mission of the Honours College is to bring out the best in those who have distinguished themselves in their Christian character, academics and leadership roles. This mission is to be achieved through curricular and extra-curricular activities. It is hoped that through these activities students will be empowered to think critically and creatively about how their faith informs their academic and professional goals

The Aim of  Honours College

The aim of the Honours College in Uganda Christian University is to enhance the development of leaders with excellence in academic, spiritual, social-economic and community leadership abilities. 

The Objectives of Honours College

Specifically, Honours College alumni will be men and women that will exhibit the following qualities and virtues:

  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Exemplary conduct
  3. An innovative approach to community challenges

High ethical standards in professions with a unique quality of leadership and a broad view of the world

  1. Qualitative leadership skills
  2. Excellent public communication skills
  3. Broad perspectives and world views
  4. Exhibit true Christian values


To achieve the above objectives, Honours College will provide opportunities for;

  1. Advanced assignments, Interdisciplinary studies, research and academic discussions
  2. Interaction with resident and visiting scholars, professionals in the field, academicians and leaders in the church and community
  3. Seminars, workshops and field trips to augment students’ academic development
  4. Worship, fellowship and Bible Study for the purpose of establishing firm spiritual roots
  5. Special academic opportunities, tutorials and mentoring processes from distinguished and community faculty members
  6. Participation and taking a lead in all activities in the university
  7. Participation in civic leadership at the hall, guild, department and faculty levels

Honours College Residence

Honours College students have a residential complex specifically meant to provide an environment of nurturing and learning for the students enrolled. The whole intention is to facilitate the mentorship and discipleship program that is designed as part of the learning process for the Honours College students

Benefits of the Honours College

The Honours College provides a community of able and responsible Christians who will develop relationships that will last for the rest of their lives. It offers academic privileges and responsibilities in many courses. Finally, Honours College graduates will have all their academic and non-academic work reflected on their transcripts as none credit


1 Graduates
Honours College Graduates to date

Important Information

Honours College Programmes

Application Process

Selection Process

Facts & Figures


The Heatbeat of Centre of Excellence in the Heart of Africa


To bring out the best in those who have distinguished themselves in their Christian character, academics and leadership roles.


Be creative and stay relevant

Founding Year


Head of Department

Mrs Tumwebaze Pamela


Over 600 students


600 alumni spread across the globe

2 Colleges

UCU Main Campus (Mukono)

UCU Kampala Campus

Semester Intakes

Easter (January Intake)

Trinity (May Intake)

Advent (September Intake)

Social Info

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