Fort Worth Organizations Help Launch New University in Uganda

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LivingStone International University has completed its first two semesters in Mbale, Uganda.

LivingStone International University has completed its first two semesters in Mbale, Uganda, celebrating its first year of providing a unique educational experience in a country where thousands of young people have been denied a higher education because of limited space in universities.

LIU is supported in the Fort Worth area by LivingStone University Partners, The Hills Church of Christ, Compass Christian Church and The Branch Church, among others.

More than 30 students, coming from four different countries, completed their first year of studies pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Media Technology, Business Administration and Christian Ministry. LIU plans to add a fourth degree program soon in Information Technology.

“LIU aims to set a new standard for Christian higher education in east Africa,” said Phillip Shero, Interim Vice Chancellor. “The growth in our students—academically and spiritually—confirms that we’re on the right track.”

LIU is set apart from other universities in Africa by the academically challenging environment. A bachelor’s degree will take four years to complete at LIU instead of the standard three years at other African universities. The students are being prepared to enter the workforce with knowledge, experience, and confidence in an environment where the faculty and staff are dedicated to the academic and social growth of every student.

LIU has employed a four-year mentoring program which was designed by Dallas Christian College. The model encourages life-coaching with a mature leader, student-to-student mentoring, and professional mentoring. “The students have already experienced significant growth as a result of their mentoring group,” said Shero.

“Fundamentally, we want to make an eternal difference in the life of each student while equipping them to be leaders in all areas of African society,” said Craig Smith, Executive Director of LivingStone University Partners in Fort Worth. “Through spiritual mentoring and real-world internships, we plan to guide the personal development of each student.”

The students have access to a brand-new computer lab and a library with more than 15,000 electronically-cataloged books. Each student is equipped with a Kindle book reader, which is unheard of in African universities. The Kindle program recently drew the attention of the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, at an LIU promotional booth.

LivingStone International University began its first classes in January 2012. After more than six years of prayer and planning, LIU received accreditation from the Ugandan government. Currently operating on a temporary campus in the town of Mbale, LIU has plans to build a permanent campus on 56 acres of land already owned by the university.

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