MINEDUC closes three universities

On 14 October 2017 at 09:25

The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) has permanently closed three universities over standards queries.

Closed are Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Sciences (NSPA), Rusizi International University and Singhad Technical Education Society (STES)

Early this year, MINEDUC had provisionally closed some universities and some faculties in different private universities asking them to meet standards requirements.

In August, the Executive Director of the Higher Learning Council (HEC), Dr. Emmanuel Muvunyi said some universities had worked towards meeting the requirements, but still had a few requirements to meet.

Those universities are Mount Kenya University, Mahatma Ghandi and Polytechnic Institute of Byumba (IPB).

Reports indicated that Rusizi International University, Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts (NSPA) and Jomo Kenyatta University were missing many requirements.

Particularly STES and Open University of Tanzania did nothing to meet the required standards.

“Given that the report of the follow-up assessment of NSPA conducted on 12/07/2017 and the verification exercise conducted on 21/09/2017 by HEC indicated that NSPA had not been able to address the issues that led to the suspension of Institution’s operation within the given time frame of six months” MINEDUC letter to NSPA reads in part.

The letter goes on to say that the university was closed following law governing the organization and functioning of Higher Education in Rwanda.

“It is in this regard that the management of NSPA is hereby informed that, the legal procedures concerning permanent closure of NSPA have been initiated. Hence, NSPA management is requested with immediate effect to meet all the necessary and due financial and academic obligations to the affected students to allow them continue their studies in other higher learning institutions” reads the letter.

NSPA was approved to operate in Rwanda by the Cabinet meeting of September 11, 2013.

Other closed universities

Speaking to IGIHE, Muvunyi confirmed that Rusizi International University and Singhad Technical Education Society (STES) were also closed.

Muvunyi said that Jomo Kenyatta had informed them that it had left Rwandan market and that Rusizi International University had had ownership, management and academic problems.

He said that STES did not implement any of recommendations.

Education Minister Dr. Papias Musafiri Malimba