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.

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Freshers: Common Challenges You Might Face as You Join University

It’s a new semester and probably a new level, especially for those who are transitioning from high school to university. It may look like a very long journey, but even a thousand-mile journey starts with one single step. There will be challenges, mistakes, and the feeling of being lost, especially in the first week of coming back or joining in, but relax, We’re here to help you. Today we are sharing common challenges that you might experience in your first week at university.

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Missing Lectures: Hopefully, you are already excited about being in control of and in command of yourself, and you need to be focused on attending all of your lectures; after all, this is the primary reason for paying your tuition! Every lecture matters, both at the start and at the end, so don’t relax and think that the semester’s first lectures are minor, or you might be shocked when sitting for your first test.

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Sleeping Too Much: This could be the reason you might miss lectures. As I have said, you should always understand that studying is the primary reason for you and your parents who are paying your fees, so you should set your priorities well. Use your smart phone to set alarms and reminders and to keep track of your upcoming engagements with other people.

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Hiding in Your Room: This is so common for non-resident students who are not staying in university hostels. You shouldn’t be spending much time at home or on video games. As time goes on you will realize that you need to be spending most of your time at school or with fellow students around the university. The truth is that you need to make friends and to start sharing and working together through the entire course duration.

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Thinking that You Need Only a Few Friends: The truth is that everyone matters in one way or another and that having a bigger network will make your life easier during your time at university. While it is wonderful having close friends, it is critical to keep a great relationship with other students who you will continue working with at the campus. There are unlimited benefits to create a hub of friends around you, this might help you to achieve your first leadership role. At last it might even lead you to your first employment position or part-time job.

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Forgetting to Communicate Back Home: Joining university doesn’t mean you are no longer part of the family back at home. You will miss them as time rolls on, and you will still need their help. Utilize social media platforms like Messenger and WhatsApp, and don’t forget to call Mom and Dad to let them know how much you miss them. This will show how much you treasure them, and they will always work hard to support you through university.

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Ignoring the Use of Gadgets and Techs: Learning has really changed today. You have plenty of content at your fingertips and can use your kindle or your phones to collect your notes, to do research, and to learn new tools. Don’t forget to visit the university computer lab–which is not exclusively for IT students–to learn vital programs like Microsoft Office and to learn how to use USB drives and cloud storage platforms like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. This will help keep your crucial data safe.

Lastly, as you join university it is a great time to learn more about yourself and to transition to being a better version of yourself. Listen to feedback from your fellow students and lecturers. And, more importantly, take care of your health and well being, make sure you always have your toothpaste, wash clothes regularly, keep your hair clean and always stay clean.

Good Luck!

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LivingStone International University Partners with The Leadership Academy of South Sudan

The Leadership Academy of South Sudan was established in 2014 at Nimule, South Sudan. It is under the Umbrella of East African Ministries and aims at developing and empowering future leaders to serve communities in East Africa. The school is an innovative university preparatory academy that will equip South Sudanese students through an academic, professional, spiritual and character development curriculum. In essence it aims at, not only imparting knowledge, but also spiritual nourishment.

It is beThe-Leadership-Academy-of-South-Sudancause of these strong Christian values and beliefs that LASS is partnering with Livingstone University this year and sending 21 of its students this August to further their education at LivingStone University. The University is founded on Christian values and endeavors to build the nations of Africa by providing practical, excellent education that is relevant to African students while at the same time instilling Christian values.

South Sudan is a young nation that is still struggling with low literacy levels which stand at only 27%. Therefore LASS sending 21 students to Livingstone to study various courses is not only going to have a huge impact to their individual lives but to their communities and the country at large.

The country is currently on the brink of civil war and during such instabilities it is usually young people who are misused. The three years that these young men and women will spend at LIU will eliminate the risk of probably being used during such conflicts and also provide them with education and broaden their scope of thinking as far as the happenings in their country go.

In addition they will be able to support their families and have better lives than they would have had if they had not accessed education. Therefore by enabling these students to access education LASS is moulding and preparing them for leadership positions that will gear their country towards the right direction.



Written by: Diana Musenya | Scholarship Coordinator, LivingStone International University


AGRIKOOL-YOUTH EVENT | Here is What You Missed

Event: AGRIKOOL-Youth

Venue: Mbale Secondary School

Date: June 29th, 2016

Theme: Empowering Youth through Agribusiness

AGRIKOOL-YOUTH is convened by Feed the Future, Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity, together with Mable District Local Government, with funding from the American people through Feed the Future.

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.

Meet Umoja International French School


We believe in getting to know more about students before they join us for university studies.We want to know more about them and to better understand what they are looking for. For this reason, we are reaching out to students in colleges and high schools. In addition to learning more about them and their experiences, we wish to share how we can prepare their way to university and to shed more light on what they can expect when they get through high school.

On 31 May 2016, we visited Umoja International French School in Mukono. It was a great day out, meeting brilliant young high school students as well as the amazing staff of Umoja. We prayed together and also had a two-hour session where students from LIU and Umoja shared their experiences from university and high school respectively.

Umoja and LivingStone Praying together

Umoja and LivingStone Praying together

We believe that such interaction not only provides a reflection of university experiences but also helps to create great bonds between these students. We pledge to keep connecting to more schools, because we believe that young people can do more together.

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