The Adventist University of Central Africa is the largest university of higher education in the service of Adventist students from francophone countries in the region of central Africa and east.
As such, it is a vital center for training future workers of the Church of Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, approximately 45% of all members of the Africa Division of center and east.
This university was founded in 1978, but the official opening was held on 15 October 1984. It was originally located at Mudende, the former Mutura commune, Gisenyi prefecture (part of the current western province). In 1994, just before the genocide against Tutsi, the university had 7 faculties.
Following the genocide and massacres of 1994, AUCA had temporarily suspended its activities until 7 May 1996, during which time the university reopened its doors on a transitional site in Kigali. Therefore, the university could only operate three of its original faculties, namely: Business Administration, Education Sciences and Theology.
The need to rebuild the university had been badly felt since 1998. Therefore, several attempts for reconstruction failed because of lack of means, will, or both at the same time. It was only in 2001 that the beginning of the process of reconstruction kicked off and saw it move to its current location in Kigali at Masoro.
The Adventist University of Central Africa is committed to provide a Christ-centered, quality education founded on a holistic approach that prepares people for the service of this life and the life to come.
The Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA) is to be a centre of excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs. Quality shall be the hallmark of all its undertakings including research and service delivery to its students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
The Adventist University of Central Africa, as a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning, adapted a philosophy that operates on the basis of the Seventh-day Adventist worldview, which holds that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and the source of true knowledge. The entrance of sin caused man’s alienation from God, therefore the restoration of the relation between man and his God is the main aim of Adventist Christian Education that leads students to discover and understand the truth through critical thinking.
- To promote the development of the mental, spiritual, physical and social strengths of an individual until his highest potential is reached;
- To develop the student to become a useful member of society empowered not only with intellectual skills, but well-developed character. The University focuses it goals and its objectives on the principles of the Bible;
- To inculcate into the student the desire for a life style based on a balanced natural food, principles of hygiene and physical exercise; and,
- To help the student to become a useful member of the community endowed not only with intellectual skills, but also with a well-balanced character of a good citizen of this world and the world to come.
- Faculty of Business Administration
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Informtaion Technology
- Faculty of Languages
- Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Business Administration
AUCA’s Faculty of Business Management aims to train, equip and produce competent accountants for service in the public and private sector as well as the church. It contributes added value to the society through quality Christian Business education, research, and dialogue on the creation and development of companies and organizations.
Faculty of Education
The mission of the Faculty of Education at AUCA is to prepare professional educators at the undergraduate level who can function effectively in a culturally pluralistic society and who are dedicated to assist individuals in reaching their potentials in the service to God and humanity. The Education Faculty at AUCA is approved by the Ministry of Education of The Republic of Rwanda for the preparation of secondary school teachers and accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide.
Faculty of Information Technology
The faculty is committed to supporting and implementing the mission of the university in the provision and advancement of a holistic Christian education for the youth with the aim of equipping them with the necessary skills in the area of information management, networks and communication systems to serve God and mankind better.
Faculty of Languages
To provide a high quality Christian education in language programme to prepare teachers for public and private secondary schools in Rwanda and abroad.
Faculty of Theology
The Faculty seeks to equip men and women for faithful and effective service to the creature God, the family, community and church through application of the principles of a sound Bible-based Christianity.
DEGREES OFFERED AT AUCA
- Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting Major)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (Information Management Major)
- Bachelor of Education (Psychology Major)
- Bachelor of Theology