Over 8000 graduate at University of Rwanda

On 17 November 2023 at 01:33

The University of Rwanda (UR) has conferred degrees upon 8,321 graduates. The event, officiated by the Minister of Education, Gaspard Twagirayezu on Friday, November 17, 2023 in Musanze District, encompassed a diverse group of students, ranging from undergraduates to doctorate degree recipients.

Twagirayezu emphasized the importance of aligning with the dynamic world and harnessing the opportunities presented by technological advancements.

During the ceremony, the graduates were encouraged to continually seek new knowledge to address the challenges facing both the country and the global community.

Twagirayezu acknowledged the impact these individuals could make in their respective fields of study and assured the University of Rwanda of continued government support in delivering quality education.

Dr. Didas Kayihura Muganga, the UR Vice Chancellor, expressed gratitude for the government’s steadfast support in maintaining educational excellence. He highlighted the pivotal role of knowledge in shaping Rwanda’s bright future and urged graduates to use their acquired knowledge for innovation and inclusive development.

Dr. Kayihura emphasized the importance of viewing learning as a continuous journey, urging graduates to stay updated with evolving knowledge.

UR Chancellor, Patricia L. Campbell, underscored the expectation that graduates would contribute to transformative change in their communities amidst unprecedented global challenges. She expressed optimism that the knowledge gained during their academic journey equips them adequately for this purpose.

Representing his fellow graduates, Innocent Ntwari affirmed their commitment to applying the acquired knowledge to contribute to the nation’s development within their respective capacities.

The graduation ceremony also saw the inclusion of 127 international students from 20 countries, reflecting UR’s global reach. These students hailed from countries such as Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, DR Congo, Malawi, Burundi, China, Mali, Namibia, Peru, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The diverse pool of graduates emerged from various colleges, including the College of Education, College of Business and Economics, College of Science and Technology, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Notably, this year’s graduating class surpassed the previous year, which saw 5,702 students receiving degrees from the University of Rwanda.