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The land of a thousand hills

Rwanda is one of the most famous African nation brands, known not only for its partnerships with major football clubs in Europe as part of its #VisitRwanda program, but also for its contribution to international peace and peace operations. security, its gender equality policy and its strong fight against corruption. posture.

If the Rwanda brand under President Paul Kagame is to be summed up, it is an astonishing story of good governance policies and an undefeated story of resilience and reconstruction after its unfortunate era of genocide. Kigali in Rwanda is also considered one of the acclaimed global innovation capitals.

So why is Rwanda known as the land of a thousand hills? Well, because its topography includes several hills and valleys; and it is one of the ideal places to visit in Africa due to its natural beauty and wonders. These picturesque endowments include the endangered mountain gorilla, majestic diversity of wildlife as well as extremely impressive mountain ranges (Why is Rwanda called the land of a thousand hills (bwindiugandagorillatrekking.com).

The Great Lakes’ Safari website also argues that the proverbial ‘thousand hills’ are literally scattered across the nation – fertile, green, and beautifully terraced – and people, whose ancient culture comes to life through music, song and song. and traditional dancing, are some of the most charming and hospitable in the world. Interestingly, there is still more to explore: volcanic mountains, pristine lakes, numerous rivers, incredible birdlife, primates and wildlife, and a fascinating history (Rwanda – “Land of a Thousand Hills” – Great Lakes Safaris East Africa).

Against the backdrop of this excellent national brand, the higher education system in Rwanda is also growing dramatically with public institutions such as the University of Rwanda offering the traditional basic diet of public universities. Other academic options for internationalization include Mt Kenya University and African Leadership University.

The University of Kigali is one of the most innovative private higher education institutions in Rwanda. Fully accredited charter university, its main campus is located in Kacyiru, next to Kigali Heights, approximately 3 km from downtown Kigali. It also has another campus in Musanze district in the Northern Province of Rwanda (Vision and Mission – United Kingdom).

About UK

The UoK strives to achieve excellence in academic delivery, research and the delivery of innovative services to its diverse stakeholder audiences. world. The university is organized around the School of Business and Management, School of Computing and IT, School of Education, School of Communication and Journalism, School of Law, School of Education and School of Professional and Executive Programs.

According to the University’s website, the university also has three centers, the Center for Economic Governance and Leadership (CEGL), the Euro-African Center for the Study of Market Law and Regulation and the Center for modern languages ​​(CML). The University of Kigali also has two academies – the IBM Academy and the CISCO Academy – which train IT professionals.

According to the dean of the School of Business and Management, the school’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it brings together outstanding academics and practitioners in the fields of business, marketing, purchasing, economics, accounting, finance, public administration and local governance. He further revealed that the school includes a student body with different backgrounds and lived experiences, arguing that the business school’s rich background makes the products extremely competitive for local and international markets.

The dean of the School of Communication and Journalism also revealed that the school houses six undergraduate programs: Mass Communication; Journalism; TV and radio production, public relations, languages, music and theater as well as the Modern Language Center. He argues that with increasing globalization, the information, communication and media industries have become more important and that the School of Communication and Journalism dramatically prepares students for the global market.

For his part, Professor Abdulrazaq Olayinka Oniye, Dean of the School of Education, revealed that students learn to combine the acquisition of teaching skills and professional determination with a unique human disposition. This, he argues, can make learners appreciate the ethical standard in the teaching profession. The school trains professional teachers and provides support services to other professionals responsible for facilitating learning in other areas of human activity such as accounting, management science and law, without name a few.

At Law School, Dean Zikamabahari revealed that the course content includes human rights, constitutional law, corporate governance, national security, environment, anti-corruption procedure, law labor and employment, international trade, health policy and biotechnology, criminal justice, and economics. He argues that no law school in the country prepares lawyers, civil servants and leaders better for a changing world than the Faculty of Law at Kigali University.

At the School of Computing and Computing, Dean Jean Baptiste Mbanzabugabo pointed out that if you want to be a forerunner in the digital generation, the School of Computing and Computing is the place for you. He argues that the scalable and innovative design of the school’s curriculum ensures that the school’s credentials remain relevant so that students graduate as strong, comprehensive and highly skilled ICT professionals. He also notes that school teaching incorporates the latest ICT technologies and trends into all of their teaching routines.

The School of Professional and Executive Programs deals with the training of executives, contract consultants and is one of the University’s main industry outreach bodies. The school organizes courses like the Certified public accountant (CPA), Certified Accounting Technician (ATC), Certified Public Secretaries (CPS), Certified credit professional (CCP), Certified Securities and Investment Analyst (CSIA) and the Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA).

The School of Graduate Studies, for its part, oversees the delivery of all graduate programs at the University of Kigali and oversees courses such as the Master of Arts in Public Administration (Public Administration), Master of Science in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (Purchasing and Supply Chain Management), Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology), Master of Science in Finance (Finance) and the Master of Science in Project Management (Project Management).

University management

The promoters council is headed by Professor Nshuti Manasseh, who has held several auspicious positions as Minister of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism, Minister of Finance and, finally, Minister of Public Service and work of the Republic of Rwanda. .

Other prominent members of the Promoters Council include Mr. Philibert Afrika, who is a development economist and has worked for 30 years with the African Development Bank. There he held leadership positions including Secretary General, Director of Policy, Director of Operations and Director of Regional Integration.

Last week, the university also unveiled a new chancellor in the person of Dr Carlos Fernando Sotz. Sotz opened the new 2021-2022 academic year on Monday, September 6, 2021, and thanked students and staff for their impressive efforts in making UoK an environment conducive to academic growth.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University is Professor Tombola M. Gustave, who, according to the UoK website, is Associate Professor of Corporate Governance, Chartered Auditor, Evaluator and Examiner for the Higher Education Council. from Rwanda. He brings strong leadership skills to the University of Kigali and strongly believes in the school motto: “Labor for the Future”.

Why I would recommend UoK to you

First, Rwanda is a wonderful place to live and study. Second, the university’s board of trustees and promoters, chancellor and management give strong indications that the university will continue to grow and soon become an educational brand of choice in East Africa.

Third, the university has twenty-nine nationalities in its student body, making it a good destination for international students. Fourth, the faculty is also multicultural and has several non-Rwandans on its staff.

Finally, UoK is moving its main campus to a brand new, larger site, providing better student experiences for incoming students.

If you would like to enjoy the warm UoK student experience or connect with any issue, please email the Director of International Partnerships, Gabriella Emilie Afrika at gafrika@uok.ac.rw, or Dean of Student Affairs, Regina Uwihirwie the ruwihirwe@uok.ac.rw and they will take great care of you.

Dr Robert Ebo Hinson is a marketing professor who was ranked in 2021 as the leading marketing researcher in Africa


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