The role of a university as known today emanates from the work of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman in his book titled “The idea of a university” published in 1852. Cardinal regarded teaching as the primary role of a university. This was based on his English background.
However, the German model of research was subsequently added, and after the world war, the need for community service became evident. In emerging global model research has now taken prominence as the primary role of a university.
Nkumba University has got academic programmes and social activities which are designed to provide the students with the knowledge, skills, and values. These are necessary inputs for their success in a highly competitive and rapidly changing world of work.
Nkumba is a community of learners where informal and formal exchanges between students and staff are practiced besides peer assisted learning. This sense of community and mutual obligation is embodied in the university motto that states; I Owe You.
At Nkumba University, there is time and space for an exciting and rewarding academic and intellectual experience. It attaches great value to non-discrimination in the enrolment of students of all status and nationality.
The years that you spend at Nkumba are always your turning point in your life, you are always open to opportunities of making friends and discovering new areas of interest and hence developing personal confidence and creativity.
Nkumba is a chartered private university that was established in 1994 and it has therefore contributed greatly to human resource development in Uganda and beyond. That is the main reason as to why it is one of the credible institutions that has attracted both staff and students from all th corners of the world.
The graduates of Nkumba are always prepared for entrance into life’s main stream as mature, self-reliant, innovative and capable of turning ideas into usable items and services. It also plays a very significant role in creating opportunities for the empowerment of all students on a global scale.
Since the establishment in 1994, Nkumba University has had five Chancellors including Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Sir Gordon Wavamuno and Mr. Emmanuel Katongole who is the current Chancellor of the might institution. The Chancellors always promote the image of Nkumba nationally and internationally and also go ahead and mobilize resources for the development of the university.
The university has got two campuses as one is located 27KM along Entebbe highway and the other one is in Kampala along Kabaka Anjagala road.