BY MARIA EYORU
Top schools in the country have taken a lion’s share on Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) 2019 students admission list.
The list, released by the admissions office last week, shows that the top schools especially those in the central region competed neck and neck in sending students to UCU.
According to the list seen by The Standard, Namirembe Hillside sent the biggest number of students (94) to UCU, followed by St. Mary’s SS Kitende (90), St. Mary’s SS Kitende Annex (79), Seeta High School Mukono (76), Uganda Martyrs College Namugongo (72), and St. Lawrence Citizens High School Nabbingo (70).
These private schools, which are among the best in the country, usually send the biggest number of students to prominent public universities in Uganda such as Makerere and Kyambogo.
This list is now clear proof that UCU is an academic giant. The university also admitted a significant number of students from other African countries, the United States, and Europe.
Prominent traditional schools such as King’s College Budo also featured highly on the UCU admission list. King’s College Budo which was 11th on the list sent 53 students, Nabisunsa Girls (52), Mengo Senior School (50), St. Mary’s College Kisubi (31), Gayaza High School (30) and Trinity College Nabbingo (28). Overall, the list has 1,539 schools in Uganda which sent students to UCU.
But the scramble for vacancies is not coming as a surprise to UCU.
According to the 2019 release of ranking of top African universities by Webometrics, a respected global organization that ranks academic institutions based on their standard, UCU is the second best university in Uganda after Makerere University. Mbarara University of Science and Technology is in the third position and Uganda Martyrs University fourth.
Schools neighbouring UCU in Mukono District also gave the university a significant number of students. Hilton High School Mukono posted (22) students on the list, Forest Hill College Mukono (19), St. Michael High School Mukono (19), Mt St Henry’s High School Mukono (17) and surprisingly, Bishop’s Senior School Mukono (1).
The Director of Admissions and Student Records at UCU, Mrs. Christa Kyomya Oluka, told The Standard that UCU has built a good reputation and that it was the major reason why many students are choosing to join it.
“Students are scrambling to join UCU because of the good services and the standards that it provides the students,” Mrs. Oluka said. “We also make an effort to recruit students all over Uganda and international students from countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Cameroon, and Australia.”