Union Christian College , Aluva was established in 1921 as an ecumenical, Indian Christian initiative in the field of higher education in Kerala. The college was founded by four young visionaries – Shri. K.C. Chacko, Shri. A.M. Varki, Shri. C.P. Mathew and Shri. V.M. Ittyerah, who were alumni of Madras Christian College. Providentially inspired by their Christian faith and commitment, they envisaged the institution as a center based on the values of integrity and social commitment, promoting learning and culture. A sprawling green campus spread over 40 acres, the college is located on the banks of river Periyar, about 12 kilometers away from the Cochin International Airport. Affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, the institution is known for its academic excellence and research potential. The college has 18 academic departments, with around 1900 students and 160 faculty members.
The college has been rated as an ‘A’ Grade institution by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the fourth cycle with 3.45 points. Union Christian College is managed by an association of members drawn from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church and the Church of South India, and the Inter Church Fellowship (ICF) of the college.
The college strives to produce intellectually competent, morally upright, and spiritually inspired citizens in the service of the nation. It is a unique center of higher education in Kerala with an ecumenical character and foundation. The college has always promoted international initiatives and cooperation. The list of eminent international teachers who have associated with the college in the past includes stalwarts like Canon W. E. S. Holland, Rev. L. W. Hooper, Malcom Muggeridge and Rev. B. G. Crowley. This ethos continues in the form of international collaborations and student exchange programmes with Universities outside India.