Becoming Clarke International Universtiy

More than a year ago, the University Council, after thoughtful consideration, decided to change the name of the university from International Health Sciences University (IHSU) to Clarke International University (CIU) to better reflect the scope of a diverse and innovative curriculum beyond health.  We, therefore, embarked on this process which has culminated in effecting this change after all the appropriate approvals.  The launch of CIU took place on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 and was presided over by the Speaker of the House of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.  A certificate for the change of name was secured from the Presidents’ office, signed February 26th, 2018.


IHSU has a long-standing history of being a niche university offering only health-related training. IHSU’s early beginnings originated out of a Nursing School and over the years evolved to comprise other Schools including: the Institute of Public Health and Management (IPHM), Institute of Allied Health Sciences (IAHS), Family Medicine, ICT in Health and the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONM).  Our curriculum has been innovative but limited in scope.  The new brand of the university allows us to build on IHSU’s successful legacy but also diversify our program offerings.  A name change will encourage continued program expansion and targeted student growth (which has seen a sharp decline in the last three years), and will more accurately reflect our values-based, interdisciplinary, research-engaged approach to educating students in areas of study including Health Sciences, Business, Applied Technology, Education etc. The first of these schools is the recently launched School of Business and Applied Technology (SoBAT), which is currently admitting its first cohort of students for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), PG Diploma Health Technology Innovation, and Certificate in Applied ICT & Leadership for the April intake.

Why does the new name include Clarke?

The new logo represents CIU’s distinctiveness and features five important elements:

CLARKE: The name Clarke is an occupational name meaning Scholar, derived from a Clarke in the Holy Orders (Clarke Coat of Arms, 2017). The name also honors Dr. Ian Thomas Clarke’s roots and dedicated citizenship and leadership in transforming critical sectors in Uganda. The vision of the Clarke family is to impact Uganda through sustainable development. Over the years they have provided thousands of jobs in their various enterprises, and recognise the need for a values-based practical education as a foundation for employment.  The name 'Clarke' has been associated with community and sustainable development, not only in healthcare but also in business.  It is, therefore, a fundamental expression of CIU’s identity/brand: a university committed to preparing responsible citizens and outstanding value-oriented scholars for leadership and transformation.  The name will encompass current and future program and centers of excellence in disciplines dedicated to improving the quality of life for Ugandans.

THE SHIELD: The shield denotes CIU’s tripartite pillars of Teaching, Research, and Service. It is the motif of the university seal and signifies protection of knowledge generated, stored and disseminated.

THE BEACON/FLAME SYMBOL: torch/light has always been a symbol of learning and leadership. It signifies that education is a process of stimulating the mind.  It sparks ingenuity, creativity, passion, leadership, and determination.  Here, our students can explore, discover, grow and accomplish their goals.  The symbol unites the academic identity of CIU with its mission.

THE CIU MOTTO: Lead. Innovate. Transform: reflects our vision: A values-based university that inspires leadership, critical thinking, innovation, and outstanding academic training that transforms communities.

Est 2008: We were founded and licensed in 2008. We continue to celebrate an established and growing legacy of excellence in education, research, and service.

Of special note: CIU HASHTAG: #MakeAdifference: Our hashtag symbolizes continuity and the primary outcome of our efforts. We hope that every student, faculty, alumni through their Leadership, Innovative action, and Transformational practices can make a difference.


Frequently asked questions

Will the transcripts change?

All students admitted under IHSU up until February 2018, will be issued IHSU transcripts following graduation.  The name International Health Sciences University will remain permanently gazetted and recognized and will not affect those transcripts (Including transcripts already issued to alumni).  However, students admitted from August 2018 onwards will graduate with CIU transcripts.  In addition, accreditation of programs will not change.  The university will secure a certificate of No Change in Entity which reflects that only the name of the university has changed but the entity remains the same.
Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni will all be required to indicate on their resume the change of name. For example Clarke International University (Formerly International Health Sciences University). OR: International Health Sciences University (Currently Clarke International University).

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