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

Programme offering:

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.

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