LIU’s Fourth Graduation Ceremony

LivingStone Fourth Graduation and Installation of the Chancellor Ceremony

As a baby grows and develops into a child while learning, advancing, and inhabiting new seasons of exploration; that is how LivingStone International University  (LIU) is. We are meeting many milestones on our journey of progress.  The latest one has been the 4th graduation ceremony that was held in conjunction with the commissioning ceremony for the graduates and the new chancellor instillation. Our 4th graduation ceremony was the first graduation that we held at our new campus in the beautiful pavilion building.  Another milestone is the number of students we graduated- 74 students! This is by far the largest group that LIU has had graduate and included in that number is the first set of Education Diploma students to graduate.  We were overwhelmed with joy by the turnout of people who came to celebrate; we had parents, community members, church and organization leaders, various university officials, guests from the United States, local government leaders along with our Guest of Honor, Hon. Jenipher Kacha Namuyangu Minister of State for Local Government Women MP Kibuku District   and our Chief Guest, Hon. Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo (MP), Minister of State for Higher Education.

We are immensely grateful for the hard work of the LIU graduation committee, staff, and supporters. LIU will continue to grow and meet greater milestones because of the team and family at large who tirelessly give of their efforts and resources.  We thank God for His provision and faithfulness. Congratulations go to our graduates! We are proud of you and will continue to pray as you shine your light in this world as you build the nations of Africa!

New Campus Updates – February 2018

The Laying of the Cornerstone

The 19th of February 2018 was the landmark day for Commemoration of the initial construction for the development of the new LivingStone International University campus. This initial phase of construction will lead to the fulfilling the vision of providing a 4,000-student capacity state of art campus. The cornerstone symbolized the God ordained principles, integrity, intellect strength and quality that are the basis for building the nations of Africa “The cornerstone Ceremony held at LIU’s new campus at Kamonkoli”.

Prof.Richard E.Trull, Jr.,PhD.

Vice Chancellor.

LIU’s Third Graduation

LIU’s Third Graduation

On 10th June, 2017, we held our third historical graduation ceremony where 41 students graduated with both Bachelor’s degree and diplomas in Media Technology, Business Administration and Information Technology. It was presided over by the University Chancellor Mr. Shawn Tayler as the celebration was graced by several dignitaries from the Government of Uganda, National Council for Higher Education, local leaders, relatives of the graduates, visitors from the United States of America and other well-wishers. The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Mr. Henry Buregea said that LIU has equipped the men and women graduating with quality, Christ-centred education where they are now ready to make a difference in their work places which will lead them to follow suit in transforming the nations of Africa as our motto is.

Moreen Mukite, who was the highest academically performing student among the graduates, said that she is not ending on the Bachelor’s degree level but rather going to upgrade to masters studies which will enable her to come back and serve her University. Our students feel unique to have graduated from the only personal university in Uganda and they believe they are way too better than any other graduate from any other university in Uganda. They proudly say that they are the only ones with premium degrees within IT, Business and Media which took them four years which is not the case with any other university. The ceremony was blessed with the commissioning service where graduates were encouraged to carry on with the LivingStone leadership style which is servanthood style of leadership. They were all given a gift of a towel baring the LivingStone logo having a Bible scripture that bares servanthood leadership.





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.

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.


“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.