In 2001 a Technical Task Force was appointed to set up the University. Because of the insecurity in Gulu at the time, the Team set up a temporary office at Lincoln Flat 4 at Makerere University. The Task Force consisted of Dr. J.H. Pen Mogi Nyeko , Prof. Mary. J.N. Okwakol ,Dr. Stephen Tikodri , and Mr. N. Peter Egwel Odyomo. The office relocated to Gulu in early 2002.
The Ministerial Policy Statement of the Ministry of Education and Sports’ of June 2001 was presented to members of the Task Force. In the first meeting of the Task Force, members noted that the Policy Statement on page 26 stated as follows “The process leading to the preparation of the Master Plan for the University of Agriculture and Environment Science (UAES), in Northern Uganda, is underway. Temporary premises for the UAES were identified at Gulu District Farm Institute. The Task Force Management Committee (TFMC) for UAES has been appointed and a curriculum for the study courses at this University is now ready”.
In the same Policy Statement, under Higher Education planned tasks for FY 2001/2002, page 70 it was stated “work with TFMC, which has been appointed to kick-start UAES, Gulu to prepare for the 1st intake of the University in October 2001”. This point was emphasized further on page 143 as follows: “Operationalise the University by October 2001, admit students for the first intake in June 2001, and provide basic facilities such as: three vehicles, furnishing administrative block, five computers with accessories and refurbishing existing structures.