African Rural University | ARU

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Kagadi-Hoima Road, Western Uganda
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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]. ARU 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.

African Rural University | 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.

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Emerging from the work of the acclaimed Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT), the curriculum has been developed and tested with student researchers over the last four years under an Interim Letter of Authority from the NCHE.
The women student researchers gained academic knowledge on the many dimensions of rural transformation. They have the skills to facilitate visioning activities, to understand organizational systems, to do community action planning, and to facilitate community dialogues. They have practical experience in process facilitation, community mobilization, farm planning, agribusiness development, appropriate technologies, rural micro finance, extension programmes, functional adult literacy

At African Rural University, 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.

African Rural University provides modest hostel facilities with electricity and water supply. In their second year of studies, students have an option to rent outside campus in walking distance in Kagadi Town Council. The rentals are in a ten-minute walkable distance.

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