Kigali University in drive to address shortage of researchers

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On 2 March 2017 saa 04:23
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Kigali University has organized a two-day international meeting bringing together lecturers, researchers and students to enhance the culture of carrying out research benefiting the community.

The meeting brought together participants from India, Netherlands, Oman, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

The bid was followed by outcomes that researchers are inadequate in the country.

In November last year, Ndagije Charles a lecturer at the University of Rwanda College of Science and Technology who is part of the committee that assessed the status of researchers in Rwanda said that researchers in Rwanda are inadequate.

“We have found that only 89% carry research in education sector, 40% in administrative levels and 50% in private sector,” he said.

As he officially launched the meeting yesterday, Afrika Philbert the Chairman Board of Directors at Kigali University said; “We have organized this meeting as we prepare for the graduation of 700 students on 10th March 2017. It was meant to encourage students to carry out research solving problems within the society through emulating practices of presented research outcomes of seniors attending the meeting,” he said.

Talking to IGIHE in January 2016, Dr Marie Christine Gasingirwa Director General of Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education says research culture should be emphasized among students earlier to build the quality and number of researchers in the country.

The meeting was organized in collaboration with Namibia University of Science and Technology, Delhi University from India and university of Kigali.

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Afrika Philbert, the Chairman Board of Directors at Kigali University in the middle during the meeting yesterday.