Pictorial: UCU Business Faculty Wins Inter-Faculty Games

The Uganda Christian University (UCU) community has continued to congratulate the School of Business at UCU for emerging champions of the Inter-Faculty sports games. The School of Business snatched victory from the Faculty of Agriculture. The sports game finals took place on Friday, 15th March 2024 at the University Football pitch.

In the football finals, the game was very tense, as the final whistle blew, the score remained zero at full time forcing players to go in for penalty shootouts. The crowd watched as each penalty was taken, feeling the tension rise with every kick. At the end, it was the Faculty of Agricultural Science who emerged victorious with a score of 3-2 against the School of Business.
The overall winner for the Inter-Faculty sports games was determined based on the faculty that scored and accumulated the highest points.

UCU’s School of Business clinched multiple golden trophies in the male’s basketball, ladies’ basketball, and netball, along with silver trophies in football and volleyball, making them the overall winners of this season’s Inter-Faculty sports games. The campus buzzed with energy, echoing the spirit of competition. Faculty of Agricultural Science secured the second position.

Miss. Agira Birungi, the UCU Guild President, commended all participants for their commitment and sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
“I take this opportunity to thank the student body of Uganda Christian University for taking part in the just concluded Inter-Faculty sports games. I am always proud that you exhibit our vision of inclusivity in action. Thank you for remaining disciplined all through the tournament,” Birungi said.

The Inter-Faculty sports games is an extravaganza that happens every semester at Uganda Christian University. We are all looking forward to the next Inter-Faculty sports games.
Compiled by: Irene Best Nyapendi
Edited By: Harriet Adong, Consultant at UCU’s Communication and Public Relations Department

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UCU School of Business Basketball Team Triumphantly Celebrating Their Victory.
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Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, and her team celebrate their second-place victory.
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The Faculty of Engineering, Design, and Technology team exudes excitement as they proudly display their well-deserved medals.
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UCU fans from various faculties cheering on their respective teams during the game.
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Mr. Martin Kabanda, Dean of the School of Business, and Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, were present to offer support for their students at the event. 
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Miss Birungi Agira addressing students after the conclusion of the final games.

UCU hosts university games, scoops second place

By Irene Best Nyapendi
In only two months, Uganda Christian University (UCU) organized the country’s premier university sports competition and came in second best. 

UCU was the best in the women’s category among the 21 competing universities. UCU scooped gold in women’s soccer; men’s and women’s volleyball (2); women’s and men’s basketball (2) and men’s tennis – six gold medals overall. UCU bagged silver in athletics (two for men and women), table tennis and netball. Team UCU got bronze in women’s swimming and men’s rugby 7s. The other games at the competition were badminton, chess, darts, handball, karate, pool table, scrabble, table tennis and woodball.

Ndejje University was the first and Makerere University was third in the 19th edition of the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) at UCU’s main campus in Mukono Dec.16-21, 2023.

UCU stepped up to host the games in a record two-month timeframe — a feat usually undertaken in a span of 18 months. The event, which was previously scheduled to be held at Makerere University, landed at UCU’s doorstep on short notice, and the university embraced the challenge with open arms.

Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, the Vice Chancellor of UCU and the host of the event, played a pivotal role in the success of the games. He expressed UCU’s readiness to face challenges and their eagerness to host the next AUUS games.

(Left-right) David Mugawe, UCU Deputy Vice Chancellor for finance and administration, and Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, the Vice Chancellor, display the first runner-up trophy as Pamela Tumwebaze, the director of students’ affairs, looks on.
(Left-right) David Mugawe, UCU Deputy Vice Chancellor for finance and administration, and Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, the Vice Chancellor, display the first runner-up trophy as Pamela Tumwebaze, the director of students’ affairs, looks on.

“As a sports powerhouse, UCU is honored to partner with AUUS and other sponsors to ensure successful inter-university games in 2023,” Mushengyezi said. “At UCU, we don’t fear challenges; we take the bull by the horns. It was right and fitting to celebrate what unites us and that is sports.”

UCU previously hosted the games in 2007 and 2013. In 2014, it hosted the Eastern Africa Inter-University Games, which align the region’s universities in a sporting competition.

Mushengyezi congratulated all universities that participated and expressed gratitude to AUUS for injecting funds in UCU, contributing to the refurbishment of the sports facilities.

Peninah Kabenge, the AUUS president, thanked UCU for being gracious hosts and commended the unity displayed throughout the event. She emphasized the historical significance of the games and encouraged athletes to recognize that their journey doesn’t end at the university games. She said the skills honed will forever be etched in the history of the AUUS Games.

Prof. Lawrence Muganga, the Vice Chancellor of Victoria University, lauded UCU for hosting the games and putting up an exceptional show. “I will not stop thanking UCU because it has done a mighty job. In two months, they have managed to put together a world-class event,” he said.

UCU Games Recap: Highlights and Moments

The UCU Lady Doves (UCU female volleyball players) triumphed throughout the tournament, winning all their games. In the volleyball finals, the UCU Lady Doves secured a victory against Kampala University. Sandra Ikiring, the Lady Doves captain, who was participating in the AUUS games for the first time, was elated.

“I am so happy. The team we played against (in the finals) was good, but we were better,” Ikiring said. “We focused on our reception and defense, which helped us win, and our services were so good, which gave the opponent a challenge.”

In men’s basketball, UCU Canons towered above Ndejje University with a massive victory of 109:78. In women’s basketball, UCU Lady Canons trounced Makerere University Business School 70:45.

UCU Canons’ coach, Emmanuel Kiguyi, credited the basketball victory to the teams’ hard work and exceptional shooting skills.

“We played very well. We defended well and the boys really shot the ball well,” Kiguyi said. In the netball finals, UCU lost a closely contested match against Victoria University by just one point (final score was 52:51).

Canons player, Peter Sifuma, said the team’s “goal was to clinch gold”. He expressed gratitude to the university which offers the sportsmen scholarships to pursue their academics as they represented the institution in the sports arena. 

Tennis gold medalist Trevor Solomon Kazibwe, a first-year student and first-time participant in the games, was thrilled to win a medal and trophy for the university. 

Sharifu Olipa, UCU athletics captain and 100m gold medalist, was full of good cheer at UCU’s achievement.

 “I am proud of my athletics team. They performed well and that’s how we managed to get the first runners-up place,” he said.

The AUUS games have a history dating back to 1992, when AUUS was formed. Originally known as the National Sports Federation of Uganda (NUSFU), it was founded by four higher institutions of learning — Makerere, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo University and Islamic University in Uganda.

This year’s edition marked 30 years of sports excellence


INTER UNIVERSITY GAMES: UCU Successfully Hosts AUUS Games on Short Notice

By Irene Best Nyapendi

Uganda Christian University (UCU) has stepped up to host the 19th edition of the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) Games in an impressive two-month timeframe—a feat usually undertaken in a span of 18 months. The AUUS Games kicked off today, December 17th, and will continue until December 21st, 2023.

This event, previously scheduled to happen at Makerere University, landed at UCU’s doorstep on short notice, and the university embraced the challenge with open arms.

This is not UCU’s first time basking in the spotlight of the AUUS Games. The university hosted the event in both 2007 and 2013. Even amidst challenges like the 2007 Ebola pandemic, UCU rose to the occasion that cemented its reputation as a reliable and resourceful host.

The president of the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS), Peninah Kabenge, thanked the UCU administration for accepting the request to organize the event at short notice.

“To the organizing committee of UCU, thank you for ensuring that all is set even with the short notice. We are truly grateful for the remarkable facilities, resources and cooperation provided by UCU,” she said.

She mentioned that these games bring together different institutions of different backgrounds and pursuit bound together by the common love for sports and pursuit for excellence.

This rhymes with the hosts mission, a center of excellence in the heart of Africa. 

Despite being informed on short notice, UCU Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi assured everyone during the launch of the games that even though the institution learned of the development late, its ready for the occasion. He also mentioned that as UCU they are ready to host even the next games.

“As a sports house UCU is honored to partner with AUUS to ensure a successful sports tournament,” he said. “UCU takes sports very seriously because we aim at giving our students a complete education for a complete person.”

He emphasized that the AUUS games are entirely for students and that its UCU’s prayer that this edition will be remarkable of sports talent, team work and friendship. 

The Deputy Secretary General at National Council of Sports, David Katende graced the event as the chief guest. He expressed his gratitude to UCU for hosting the games.

“I extend special thanks to UCU who came in as dangerous substitutes and have actually nailed it,” Katende said.  UCU, thank you for your hospitality we are really enjoying our stay in this place.”

He emphasized the importance of university sports and its contribution to the holistic development of students. He also appealed to other universities to take sports seriously. 

The 19th AUUS Games is featuring participation from 21 universities, including UCU, Bishop Stuart University, Bugema University, Busitema University, Gulu University, International University of East Africa, Kabale University, Kampala International University, Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mountains of the Moon University, Ndejje University, Soroti University and Victoria University among others.

UCU is set to participate in various sports such as Athletics, Basketball, Chess, Football, Handball, Netball Rugby, Scrabble, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Woodball.

Come, be a part of the excitement! Witness the warmth of Ugandan hospitality at the AUUS Games hosted by UCU. The AUUS Games have a rich history dating back to 1992.