The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is a strategic institution of the East African
Community (EAC) responsible for coordinating the development of higher education and
research in the region. After having been recognized as the surviving institution of the former
EAC (1967 – 1977) responsible for coordinating the networking of university institutions in
the region, since the re-establishment of EAC in 1999 IUCEA has assumed a broader role as
a building block for the achievement of sustainable socio-economic development and regional
integration of the EAC region. In that regard, the current mission of IUCEA focuses on the
promotion of strategic and sustainable development of strong higher education systems and
research for supporting East Africa’s socio-economic development and regional integration.
The goal of IUCEA is to be able to respond to the expectations of the EAC Partner States
in terms of higher education institutions producing high-level human resources and research
output that can promote and sustain socio-economic development and regional integration.