Kaduna — Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) has indicated its willingness to admit non-Muslim students from Nigeria to study in the institution, saying is open to all people irrespective of religion and ethnicity.
The institution's vice rector in charge of academic affairs, Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, told Daily Trust in Kaduna yesterday that he and his team from Uganda are in Nigeria to promote the university and attract quality students from Nigeria and offer them affordable and quality university education.
He said the university was established by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) but it admits students from all religions, nations and ethnicity while it also recruits staff of all religions and faith. "We do not force anyone to embrace Islam but they are taught the beauty of co-existence and religious tolerance," he stressed.
Mpezamihigo also said the institution had recently got an influx of students of other faith due to the disciplinary calibre of the institution, saying "I can't remember having a non-Muslim student from Nigeria but we do have other international students who are non-Ugandans and non-Nigerians of other faith who have passed through the institution. The difference we have made is to allow freedom in spite of the school's code of conduct".
He said over 30 persons have indicated interest from Kaduna State and have been offered admission into the institution. "We are moving to other states so as to canvass for students," he added.
"It is a university for more than 57 member countries but only located in Uganda for the English speaking sub-Saharan Africa. We do offer science based-programmes and also arts and humanities. Our programmes are more than 60 and they range from certificate to PHD".
"For the Nigerian educational system, those who have finished their secondary school without added qualifications will require to undergo a one year remedial programme before going into a three year degree programme and they must have five credits," he said.
The university, which according to the vice rector has been in existence for about 25 years, has graduated over 11,000 students from more than 23 countries.