After over a decade of working towards this point, we are finally moving into our new home - the Clarke International University (CIU) owned building and campus in Bukasa. The setting is dramatic, the building looks out over a stunning view on one side, and is surrounded by a towering cliff face on the other. The journey to this point has had plenty of drama as well, huge efforts have been made to get us to this point, many sacrifices, and much investment both personally and financially from our founder and promoter Dr. Ian Clarke.
The move is significant for a number of reasons. It signifies the solid commitment of CIU to ensure the permanence of the university, institutionally, and physically. It is a purpose-built facility, as opposed to a rented structure which we need to make compromises with. It also crucially removes the last barrier preventing the university from being able to apply for a university charter. Having our own home satisfies the National Council for Higher Education’s (NCHE) requirement for chartered universities to own their own campus., Finally, we can now apply for the University Charter.
This milestone is also just the first step. This first phase is the building we are moving into, which provides a permanent home for CIU on a new campus. However, we have great and grand plans for continued growth. Our master plan, which will be achieved over some years, is for a campus that can accommodate over 4,000 students. This plan was developed with an architect specialized in university design., It will be a facility purpose-made for learning and student life, with immense care taken to ensure the fulfillment of the NCHENational Council for Higher Education requirements for universities, and making excellent use of the natural beauty of the environment and cliff faces around us.
As a values-based university, this facility will allow us to grow in directions that make the most impact on our communities and nation. We see today as the milestone that opens us up to the possibility of growth in our current programs, and the development of new programs, all with the explicit goal of #making a difference.
We thank the university founder and promoter Dr. Ian Clarke for his continuing investment in the University, without which this would not be possible. We thank Dr. Rose Nanyonga Clarke for steering this ship to bring us to this point. We thank our Registrar for being a constant and for her wisdom over the years, and our Director of Finance for the very tricky job of managing limited funds. We thank all those who are too numerous to name for working as part of the CIU leadership and family, for their dedication and commitment to the university, and we hope that they enjoy their new place of work.
And we especially thank our students for choosing CIU. We hope that this new development helps to confirm to you that you made the right choice in doing so.