By Jackson Kitara November 16, 2016
Sacred Heart University is set to open next year with two bachelor degree programs.
The University of Sacred Heart is founded by archdiocese of Gulu which is occupying former Catechists training centre at Gulu Arch diocese.
This is the third university in Gulu after Gulu university and Cavendish university that have setup their branch in Gulu two years ago and many more institutions like Uganda management institute, Northern institute for business studies, Nsamizi institute, East Africa institute for management sciences among others.
The Registrar of the University, Brother James Omoya said Gulu Archdiocese has donated 51 acres of land for establishment of the university.
“We are registering students for January intake for bachelor’s degree programs in information and communication technology (ICT) and degree in counseling and psychology”, he noted.
Omoya said they would register 80 students for ICT for morning and evening program while for counseling and psychology they would register only 40 students.
He added that the university is catering for students in Uganda, South Sudan and Democratic republic of Congo that border Uganda from north and north western.
Omoya said they selected ICT course after piloting and found out that people need to be trained on ICT so that they do research and join global village.
He added that “we decided to start with counseling and psychology as immediate course to help heal the trauma that people in northern Uganda experienced during LRA war. Cases of suicide, abuses of alcohol and drugs have become come rampant in northern Uganda as result of the two decades insurgency”.
Omoya said they have enough lecture rooms and have already secured enough lecturers that are ready to start lecturing students next year
He said they are working with Saint Mary’s hospital Lacor. Saint Joseph’s hospital Kitgum and Doctor Ambrosoli memorial hospital Kalongo in Agago district that are offering diploma in nursing and midwifery courses to start a nursing and midwifery degree courses at the university.
He added that they are also planning to start diploma and certificate courses at the university when they build enough lecture rooms.
Omoya said they are also negotiating with landlords neighboring the university to build hostel for students that are coming from other districts or country.
He added that the university does not have accommodation for students coming from other districts.