Developing the Right Standing with God – The Book of Romans

For the whole semester, our chapel preaching, devotions and ministry is basing on the book of Romans and the theme is; “Developing the right standing with God” As a Christian University, we continue to empower our students with Christian ministry and help them draw closer to God. We will be focusing on one’s personal development in Christ and spiritual growth of the general LIU community. Our ministry activities include community outreach, charity, church visits, foot washing exercise, night prayers, the spiritual emphasis week and will continue throughout this semester as well.

Bible verses tailored for you from the book of Romans

Romans 1:16 (NIV)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 3:23-26 (NIV)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Construction Updates – April 2017

Our super structure is almost ready at the new land. Three buildings are already up, the dormitory and offices, class building and the rest rooms. All buildings have been roofed with strong iron sheets, windows and door frames have been fixed at the same time! The compound is being cleared every day with cut and fill by XL construction team.

Painting has started and we hope that floor slab, electrical installation, and all mechanical works will be done and the three buildings will be ready this April. We thank God for the progress as we setup our new home!

 

Thoughts about the New Campus

Uzziel Mucyo – Student
I expect a clean environment, conducive for learning. And I’m so excited about our basketball pitch that is being developed.

Nisha Wakuma – Head Marketing
I really see that the university is going to boost many activities around the community. A lot of businesses ideas are going to be developed. This is just in line with the mission of LivingStone, to transform African communities through quality Christ-centered higher education.

Kizireh Peter-Dean of Students
When I think about the new campus, I picture a lot of developments at LivingStone; the precious space will help us grow, being on the road will also help us attract more students and the university will grow bigger.

Judah Kisakye – Student
I think the new campus is going to provide us with enough room for development and growth, especially in my field of Information technology. Being a big campus, we hope that our computer and media labs will be enhanced.

Need for a Christian University in Northeastern Uganda

By: Prof. Richard E. Trull, Jr., Phd, LIU Vice Chancellor

The vision for starting a Christian university in East Africa goes back to the 1990s as missionaries began to discuss the need for more formal leadership training. A number of us were discussing the need for such an institution in East Africa that could offer a higher education to the average East African family.  It would not be until 2006 in Mbale, Uganda, that missionaries there would begin the arduous task of laying the ground work with the Ugandan education authorities for establishing what would become known as LivingStone International University (LIU).

The current population of East Africa is over 370 million, based on the latest United Nations’ estimates. East Africa has a larger population than the United States’ population of 325 million. Uganda has a population of 36 million of which 70% are under the age of 24. Even more stunning is that 48.3% of Uganda’s population is 0 – 14 years old. From this young population, only 1.6 students out of every 1,000 people in Uganda are able to enter university studies, and only 4.4 students out of 1,000 people in Uganda are able to enroll in any kind of post-secondary studies, public or private.  This is compared to about 100 for every 1,000 for most African countries. Kasozi, in a report entitled

Access and Equity to Higher Education in Uganda: Whose children attend university and are paid for by the State?”  writes concerning the 4,000 state-sponsored students: “…studies in the 1990s showed that some 60 – 80% of Ugandan students who enter public universities for whom tuition and accommodation is paid by the state, come from wealthy families.

When it comes to higher education in Uganda, most students come from the Central Region (34.4%) followed by the Western Region (30.5%).  The Eastern Region (18%) and the larger Northern Region (17%) make up only one third of all university students. This means students around Mbale have a reduced chance of entering university. The few students who do get to attend university are herded into large public institutions where class sizes are very large and resources spread thin. There is a great need for a high quality Christian university in the Northeastern Region of Uganda. Such a university provides much needed educational resources. Uganda is highly religious as the following statistics indicate — Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42%, Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9%. This points to the need for a Christian institution of higher education to provide opportunities for the growing population of youth to gain a university education.

LIU exists to transform Africa through quality, Christ-centered higher education through providing ethical, empowered, employable Christians in every sector of African society and even beyond. Our intention is to be a recognizably Christian institution known for integrity, perseverance, faithfulness, service, and love for all people. We aim for superior international standards for scholarship and achievement to facilitate greater employment opportunities at the highest levels. We direct our students toward God’s mission in the world, a mission of creating, healing, building, loving, teaching, serving, and saving for community transformation.

We ask for your prayers and support to fulfill this vision for God’s glory. Please feel free to contact us if you have potential students for LIU or if you would like to partner with us in providing a high-quality Christian education in East Africa.

LIU 2nd Graduation Ceremony 2016

The LivingStone International University second Graduation ceremony took place on 11 June 2016, the event was held in Mbale at the University main ground in the University Chapel. The event marked the conclusion of studies for 21 students at LivingStone International University. LIU Graduation event includes the commissioning service Academic Procession and the awarding of honorary degrees.

The LIU 2nd Graduation started at 8:00 A.M with the grand message from the Chancellor Shawn Paul Tyler followed by the Vice Chancellor; In His Service, Prof. Richard E. Trull, Jr. Ph.D.

Shawn-Paul-Tyler

“There was so much attention and excitement concerning LIU’s first graduation that some may think the second graduation could be overlooked. Not so! The development and growth of LIU and the students who graduate must remember our race is not a short sprint but a long distance relay race. This means each year the graduating seniors must pass the baton to the next class as they go out and begin careers. The reputation and success of LIU will be measured by the quality of each year’s graduating student body, not just the first.

We all know how important it is for each runner in a relay race to do his or her part in order to reach the finish line. It is time for our second graduating class to successfully step up, hand off to the next class, and then go out and be representatives of LIU as model citizens, family members, empowered employees of integrity, and as faithful witnesses for Christ. I am proud of LIU’s growth and accomplishments in the past year. Our first graduation was followed by a record enrollment of more than 70 new students.

We successfully obtained our first appointed Vice Chancellor in January of this year, and we have made significant strides toward our permanent campus. Our goal will be to build upon last year’s success and to strive for a new record in enrollment, improved facilities and equipment, higher quality courses, and a growing percentage of employment among our graduates.” Chancellor Shawn Paul Tyler

This was followed by the Vice Chancellor’s Speech; “I was blessed to see LIU’s first graduating class last year, and now it is a privilege to be involved with this year’s graduating class. We commend them to you as men and women who took to heart the vision and mission of LIU which exists to transform Africa through quality Christ-centered higher education through providing ethical, empowered, employable Christians in every sector of African society and even beyond. I call upon this second graduating class to go out into your professions knowing that you have received a quality education that will help you to be successful. More importantly, LIU sends you out asking God’s blessings on you as you exemplify servant-leadership.”

Prof. Richard E. Trull, Jr. Ph.D.

“We send you out in the peace of God and pray for you to represent Christ as His disciples who are sent out into the world. Go well, live well, serve greatly, and glorify God in your life!” In His Service, Prof. Richard E. Trull, Jr. Ph.D.

The event continued with the commissioning service, led by Pr. John Michaels Ekudu-Adoku, Sermon by Pr. Erick Tuninga, Cutting the Cake and finally the Academic Procession where Graduands received Degrees from their respective Faculty Deans.

The Guest of Honor Was Prof. Opuda-Asibo John, Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education. He encouraged graduates to effectively utilize their awards and skills to lead transformation of their communities.

Prof. Opuda-Asibo added.

“Go and be agents of transformation in society and ambassadors of LIU. The best way to inspire change is to lead by example. People will believe you more if they see you practice the good deeds that you preach based on your knowledge, skills and attitude.“ Prof. Opuda-Asibo added.

The chief guest was Hon. Namuyangu Kacha Jenifer Woman MP, Kibuku District, she advised graduates try to adjust emotionally, keep out of trouble and if faced with challenges, to remember that God love to them is unconditional, and will always help through ups and downs.

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Rotary Club of Mbale Annual Installation & Awards Dinner

The Rotary Club of Mbale had the Annual Installation & Awards Dinner on 18 May 2016, the event was held at Mount Elgon Hotel.  There were many Rotarians and guests from different parts of Uganda who attended and our team from LivingStone International University.

Before the superb buffet dinner, the program began with the President Rotarian Gidudu Emmanuel who thanked all Visiting Presidents, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and all friends of Rotary who attended. He continued to thank the members of the club who accepted to work together with him as the president and for being gifts to the world.

In life, sometimes the experiences that matter the most are the briefest. They pass in the blink of an eye: a few days, a few hours, and a few moments. They are the experiences that illuminate the landscape of our memory, shining brightly even years later. They are the moments in which we see, suddenly, something we had not seen; we understand something we had not understood; we forge a connection we had not expected, to me Rotary offered me that experience.

The rest of the event continued with the Guest of Honor, District Governor Elect Rtn. Ken Mugisha who led the Recognitions of Club Members and the awards hand out. This was followed by the Dinner and the later the Key Note Speaker Mr. Amos Wekesa.

The Rotary Club of Mbale is one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in Uganda;it was chartered on 28 May 1964.

LivingStone Tournment

In an effort to give back to the community as a form of corporate social responsibility and building of talent among the young generation in Eastern Uganda, LivingStone International University organized a football tournament that brought together 16 high schools from the Mbale sub-region. The tournament took place from 26th September to 10th October 2015 and saw 16 high schools compete for a trophy and prize in knockout games.

The first ever LivingStone Tournament came to a successful end full of excitement among the students and general public in Mbale Municipality, Uganda. Later on, the staffs and students of LivingStone International University teamed up to verse the teachers community of Mbale in an exhibition match which however saw LIU team surprised with a 2-0 loss!

LIU Leverages the Power of E–Learning and M–Learning.

Over 25 Lecturers at Livingstone International University in Mbale District of Eastern Uganda have embarked on a six weeks e–learning and m–learning training of trainers’ fellowship, under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. Managed and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Quinnipiac University (QU), the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions.

The training which is taking place under the theme, “Leveraging the Power of E–learning and M–learning for teaching, research and study by the Community at Livingstone International University – LIU, is being facilitated by Dr. Jasmine Renner, Professor from East Tennessee State University in the USA. The programme is focusing on evaluation of Kindle implementation, curriculum development and audit, improve the utilization of local and online digital resources as well as collaborate with LivingStone International University faculty in research projects and publications.

LIU is among the 60 African Universities in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania that are conducting joint projects ranging from Computer Science and Mobile Technology, Eco – tourism, nursing education, material engineering with selected Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows. Dr. Renner said, “my aim is to ensure that the entire curriculum at LIU is E–learning and Mobile Learning ready”. She added that she is going to deliver to participating Lecturers the Best International Practices for E–learning and Mobile learning. She also said, “We are in the 21st Century and this training is going to broaden the students’ access and engagement to academic materials online”.

Having been the first University in Uganda and East Africa to start the use of a kindle as a teaching and study device for students and lecturers, Livingstone International University partnered with Carnegie on a Research Collaboration to Evaluate Kindle implementation. A Kindle is an electronic personal eBook reader that enables users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking .

Apollo Mukhwana