The Management of the University of Rwanda has announced that students from the School of Journalism and Communication will now be studying for three years, instead of four, from the academic year 2016/2017 to obtain a Bachelors degree.
The information was yesterday confirmed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rwanda (UR), Prof. Phillip Cotton.
“The program of studying for three years for students doing journalism courses at the University of Rwanda will start this academic year 2016/2017 . Students from other courses will have their study period reduced to three years from next academic year 2017/2018,” he said.
The head School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Rwanda, Joseph Njuguna said that the reduction of study period is part of integrating education program with other member states of East African community.
“Reforming the study period is a policy of the University of Rwanda where some colleges will offer courses within three years as a way of keeping at par with regional universities, ” he said.
He explained that the University of Rwanda is improving the structure in which courses that were offered in four years have to be covered in three years adding that there will be no modifications in course modules.
The school curricula has been revised to comply with three-year study period which Njuguna says will require faster coverage as the university reforms the semester system.
“Two semesters of academic year should be extended to three semesters to avoid prolonged holidays. That way, courses will be finalized within a short time,” he said.