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Lead • Innovate • Transform

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Clarke International University (CIU) (Formerly, International Health Sciences University (IHSU) in Uganda is a University that is licensed by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE [UI.PL 013]).  CIU is a non-residential university offering health sciences and business courses and grooms students to become tomorrow's leaders nationally and internationally.  CIU is currently situated on the third floor at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) in Namuwongo.

The first school, the School of Nursing, was established in 2005 with 16 diploma students.  The primary goal of the school was to rethink, refresh, and make a difference to the way new and professional nurses were being educated in Uganda.  In March of 2008, the school received its provisional license to operate as a university and effectively expanded its programming to include baccalaureate education in Nursing, Public Health, Allied Health, and Continuing Healthcare training. In March 2018, the university rebranded to CIU, to allow for diversification of education programs beyond health sciences.  Currently, in addition to the schools in the health sciences, CIU also offers programs in the School of Business and Applied Technology (SoBAT).


To prepare students for global leadership and to be catalysts for transformation. We achieve this mission through a Values-Based Education; Instilling in students a zeal for Lifelong Learning; Outstanding Interdisciplinary Academic Training, Research and Community Outreach; Innovative Action; and, Exceptional Faculty.


A values-based university that inspires leadership, critical thinking, innovation, and outstanding academic training that transforms communities.


Our students and graduates are challenged and trusted with an important agenda: to strive for academic excellence; to lead change through innovative action and transformational practices that impact communities and improve lives.  Their journey to making a difference starts here.

We seek to not only increase the numbers (Quantity) of healthcare providers but to also develop healthcare providers of Quality.  
Nurses, Clinical Officers, Public Health Practitioners, and Laboratory Technicians are a core group of healthcare providers that the nation is in urgent need of.  As one response to the ongoing crisis of the lack of quantity and quality of these groups of healthcare professionals in health sector today, CIU contributes meaningfully to this gap and is part of Uganda’s efforts to ensure that health care is more accessible to the entire population.  Our goal is to train a professional health workforce who can make a difference to the healthcare needs of a rapidly changing and complex world.

We believe that improving the health of a nation requires not only improving the skills, tools, and knowledge of its health professionals,but also changing the way health professionals think so that existing and future problems are approached in a more progressive, adaptive, and responsive way.

CIU is committed to providing relevant and practical training, not only using the latest electronic modalities but also through innovative and invitational teaching. All students at CIU are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning processes and are individually mentored throughout the period of their studies.
To become a center of excellence in health-related training, CIU has changed the way training in the health sector has traditionally been done.  The latest breakthroughs in science and technology and the increasing integration of ICT in the health sector means that health professional graduates today need to be continually stimulated and equipped for the future and to keep up-to-date with the latest development in the health sector. CIU uses Values-based education, Problem-Based and Blended Learning techniques, in addition to the latest pedagogical best practice methods, to train both young people who aspire for jobs in the health sector and those seeking to upgrade their professional skills. Providing critical-thinking and analytical skills to students is paramount in providing an effective workforce to meet the world's health needs in the coming decade. All healthcare courses and training are given within the relevant context.  Our courses and training programmes have been approved by the relevant professional bodies in Uganda and the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).