Bugema University is located on a 640-acre piece of land in Luwero district, Bamunanika county, Kalagala sub-county. The institution started in 1948 as a training school for teachers and pastors for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Africa. By then it was called Bugema Missionary Training School. Later, the name changed to Bugema Missionary College and then to Bugema Adventist College. In 1978, Bugema Adventist College graduated its first degree class with Bachelor of Theology. The College expanded and by the late 1980s curricula for Business and Education were put in place.
In 1994, Bugema Adventist College changed its status from college to university, and in 1997, Bugema University was granted a license from the Ministry of Education and Sports to operate as a university offering Bachelor of Theology, BBA in Management and Accounting, and BA in Education with History, Religion, English and Literature as teaching subjects.
Due to continued interest shown by prospective students and sponsors in the academic programs offered by Bugema University, progressive steps were taken and the curricula expanded to meet the demands of the constituency.
Bugema University is fully chatered by the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Uganda as an institution of higher learning. It is also fully accredited as a university by the Adventist Accrediting Association based in Maryland, USA .
Bugema University envisions training for Excellence in Service
The mission of Bugema University is to offer an excellent and distinctive wholistic Christian education designed to prepare students, through training, research, and scholarship, for productive lives of useful service to God and to the community with integrity
Bugema University holds as its philosophy the belief that true education fosters the restoration of the lost image of God in human beings through the harmonious development of the physical, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions of life. The philosophy is manifested in the 3H program of the University curriculum, which emphasizes the learners balanced and positive development of the Head, Heart, and Hand as they prepare for service here and for life in the hereafter.
Today, Bugema University runs an in-service/holiday program and has six satellite centers: one in Kampala, for Post-graduate studies, degree and diploma courses and others in Kasese for a Diploma in Education (Primary) through the in-service program, Lira campus, Mbale campus, Arua and Kisii campus Kenya.