The UCU East Africa Program was established in 2006 and has been running in its present form since 2008. It was developed by a group of UCU academics in response to the students’ wish for experiential learning and the dream of contributing to making the world a better place.
In a general sense, the program intends to expose students to global diversity, connections and challenges, inspiring principles of global citizenship. More specifically, the program aims at preparing students for work in the area of international development. It is interdisciplinary in nature; students admitted into the program come from different academic backgrounds. For example, they can be students in the medical track with an ambition to work in public health, or students of performing arts, interested in community theater as a medium of facilitating social change. They can be economics students interested in micro-finance, or students dedicated to sustainable development and safe-guarding environment. The program is intended for any student who wants to apply their chosen discipline to understanding global issues.