On 28 June , 2010, the Uganda National Council for Higher Education granted Gaba Bible Institute (later renamed to Africa Renewal Christian College) a Provisional Licence as a Private Tertiary Institution.

This recognition made Gaba Bible Institute one of only seven Christian colleges and universities recognized by the government in Uganda in 2010.

On 19 December , 2012, Africa Renewal University was awarded a Letter of Interim Authority as a Private University and received a Provisional License as a Private University on 20 December , 2013. This allowed AfRU to immediately begin admitting students into its Bachelors degree programmes.

Africa Renewal University is also a correspondent member of the Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa, which promotes quality evangelical theological education in Africa by providing supporting services, facilitating academic recognition, and fostering continental and intercontinental cooperation.