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Higher Education Students' Financing Board Applications

The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) was established by an Act of Parliament, No.2 of 2014 as a body corporate, semi-autonomous corporation to provide Loans and Scholarships to students intending to pursue Higher Education in the Country. The Loans are awarded to students to pursue accredited programmes of study from Higher Education Institutions accredited by the National Council for Higher Education.


The Higher Education Students' Financing Board (HESFB) has opened applications for the academic year 2020/21.

 Click here to download the Loan Application Form and a preamble to the Loan Application Process.

These documents can also be accessed on the HESFB website:

The date for submission of completed forms will be announced, i.e when the official advert from HESFB is published.


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The UCU, innovation hub is tucked at the UCU’s Constituent college Premises in Mbale. The Campus commands a beautiful panoramic view of the town's greatest and most conspicuous landmark: the Wanale Hill.  An outstanding feature that has always given Mbale its unique look. 

It is in this town that almost every company and organization of big repute has its eastern region headquarters- and it is at the heart of this town that the university College seats playing host to the UCU Innovation Hub.

Within the walls of this newly constructed hub, a thriving tech, and entrepreneurial ecosystem is taking shape. Its main objective is to support tech enthusiast and entrepreneurs in the social, business, cultural, health, and the automation domain


Unlike the majority of the Hubs in the country whose cradle is in the central region. The UCU innovation hub is among the few existing outside the central region. It operates within the framework of Mbale University College. It seeks to support among others: tech and entrepreneurial enthusiasts who may be handicapped logistically when it comes to costs associated with living in the central region.  

The innovation hub creates a platform for students and the community, that promotes creativity provides mentorship innovators and entrepreneurs and helps transform their ideas into final products that can find a place in the market. The Innovation hub seeks to identify and nurture emerging technologies and accelerate their migration from the laboratory to the marketplace; increase connectivity between the University and global entrepreneurial communities to build global venture investment opportunities; and, provide entrepreneurially learning and mentoring initiatives.

Innovation Incubation and collaboration are the overall objective and the tagline and overall purpose of the innovation hub at Mbale University College.

The litmus test for the UCU innovations Hub came when it organized an innovations expo which was the regions first gathering of, innovative and ambitious students from around the country and beyond who shared interests in Technology, Entrepreneurship, Business, and Art. The Expo whose theme The future of higher education in Uganda: the growing influence of digital technologies and emerging media” saw institutions and schools coming from as far Jinja, Soroti and one entrant from Tech The University of Kenya. The judges had included a team from Innovations village Kampala a critically acclaimed innovations house.

From the Expo, a new crop new entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts emerged as they helped shape a new understanding of this part of the country and its potential of being the regions “Silicon Valley”. Already the Innovations  Village is in talks with the teams that performed well during the expo for a possibility in further product development funding and market linkages.

The Hub also in partnership with the Innovations Village successfully hosted the first boost with Facebook symposium that brought together the business community, entrepreneurs’ and developers in the region.

Already plans are underway to start an entrepreneurship class facilitated by the leading business persons in the region.

In the words of the Principal Mrs. Mary Manana “We are simply as an institution painting images of the future and helping our students and communities write their own stories the tech and entrepreneurial way”  These images will present a better future, one in which this part of the country is slowly and steadily creating its own silicon Savannah.

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Principal's communications the 20th Graduation Part 5

On behalf of Uganda Christian University Mbale University College family, I welcome you to this graduation

I in a very special way welcome the governor west Pokot County, Prof. John crop lonyangapo governor West Pokot county in Kenya. A Prof of statistics and mathematics. His story is one of faith and endurance having been born from the most marginalized of community in west Pokot. He rose to lead that county as a governor. He will grace this occasion today.    His life and works teaches us all that God is indeed faithful

Mr Chancellor Sir: I have known few greater privileges than the opportunity to address our students as they graduate and march into the world. These grounds have seen many extraordinary moments in our History. It has been here that we held the first-ever innovations Expo in the region , It is also on these grounds that our sports teams train and compete at country and international  level ,It was here that I was commissioned as the new Principal Uganda Christian University ,Mbale University College and  It is here that we  are  witnessing majority of our students graduate ,

Ladies and gentlemen: It is on these grounds the Chancellor will confer on over 350 students Post Graduate Degrees, Bachelor’s Degree, Diplomas and Certificates. It will be for the very last time that he does this, after which he will go into retirement.

Mr. Chancellor Sir, We are grateful that we share with you these final moments. We honour you through this graduation, and we believe that: when history is written, it will be the unity of the church, the infrastructure, inauguration of three new dioceses and the growth of Uganda Christian University that has enabled thousands of people to attain quality education has been your greatest legacy.

Today we display the finest academic minds not just in the region but the country and the world at large. Every year reports from the research show that indeed Uganda Christian University continuous to experience tremendous growth. It is our alumni that grace with unmatched professionalism and character the top offices in the land.

Mr Chancellor Sir: We honour you and you leave behind a great example: We celebrate a man that has been both a servant and a leader. You leave behind a better University and a stronger church. We  Believe that progress means that we provide more opportunities to all and leave a better world than the one we inherited.  Thank you so much.

Mr Chancellor Sir: The university vision “To be a Centre of Excellence in the Heart of Africa” is our great gift to all who walk through our gates to drink from the fountain of knowledge. We understand that education is only meaningful if it creates a graduate who has character and is professional. More so we believe in education responding to the needs of the society and finding solution its problems. The need to carry out meaningful research and be a Centre for new ideas we believe, has enriched the University Education rather than threaten it.

In a special, want to extend my indebtedness to the Vice-chancellor Rev. Can. Dr John Senyonyi. You have taught us that there is a place in this world for true friendship, faith and excellence.  You enriched the university with your unique perspective to education..

These are the things that I think of when I consider your leadership as the Vice-chancellor of the University. The lessons you have continued to teach us not by orders but by example: That we are accountable to God and responsible for each other. It has been said that great leaders are Understanding, think outside the box, good listeners, committed, good coaches and excellent communicators. I can't think of better ways to describe you.

Mr Chancellor Sir. Today we present to you ……. Graduands among these 10 of our very best will have an opportunity to work with Equity bank under the apprenticeship programme that aims among others to offer hands-on experience to fresh graduates in the highly dynamic and sophisticated banking sector. In my last graduation speech, I implored the industry to collaborate with the university college. This collaboration is a testament to our focus as a university on greater industry interaction and collaboration. I am grateful to The Management Equity Bank for the opportunity they have given our graduands and look forward to, greater and more  partnerships with you. I also thank Diamond trust bank and ICEA Life assurance for having been part of the sponsors of the innovations Expo.

I thank the various industry partners that are working with us to set high standards and enable Uganda Christian University to consolidate its position as a continental hub for Excellence. As a University College, we are focusing more on collaborations with the industry to enrich our curricula and respond to the market needs.  We have in addition continued to deliberately support the integration of technology with learning in order to increase to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Towards this end, we have completed the construction of an Innovations Hub. This will be a place of discovery and creation of reality. We greatly feel that:  as university college that University Education is only relevant in as far as it can encourage research, spur innovation and raise a generation of men and women that will solve societies most pressing problems.  This Hub is our own version of the Silicon Valley: A place of small beginnings’ and big ends. Again, I ask you seated here to partner with the University in this noble venture.

 To the graduands seated here today, often it has been said that time changes situations and conditions. That is a misnomer; Time changes no situation, It is Men and women who rise in unison bearing one vision and purpose to change the future within a certain time limit. There is no such thing as sitting back and hoping that things will change. Move into the world and the changes that you desire to see.

Every generation has had its challenges, there is one that fought for women’s rights to education and equal treatment at workplaces, another sought to find a cure to some of the worst diseases of their time. Your generation has to respond to the call of job creation and innovation. I encourage you to dream of that business idea,  develop it and provide employment to your peers.  That’s what the Bible beckons us to do when it calls us to be “The salt of the World”

Let not your saltiness be lost in regrets, lamentations and laziness but rather use your industry, ingenuity and energy for the greater good. Let your aspirations be greater than your perceived limitations, be kind to everyone you meet in life regardless of their status. If you are in a better position hold the hand of the person on the other side of the road and help him/her to be a better person. Above all let your faith in God never waiver even in moments of hard trials. 


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