UR Vice Chancellor, Prof Alexandre Lyambabaje resigns

On 7 mai 2022 at 07:30

Prof Alexandre Lyambabaje, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda (UR) has resigned from his position to begin retirement life.

His resignation has been announced through a statement signed by the university’s Board Chair, Prof Paul Davenport.

"This is to inform the general public that Prof Alexandre Lyambabaje has resigned from the post of Vice Chancellor for the University of Rwanda effective from today 6th May 2022, to begin a well-earned retirement," reads part of the statement.

"On behalf of the whole University community, I would like to thank Prof Lyambabaje for his service on behalf of UR over the last fourteen months," adds the statement.

The Board Chairman has also announced the appointment of Prof. Nosa Egiebor who will serve as the Acting Vice Chancellor of UR until the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor.

Professor Alexandre Lyambabaje, 62, once served as the Minister of Trade.

He had been appointed by the cabinet meeting held on 2nd February 2021. The appointment came four months after the tenure of former Vice Chancellor, Phillip Cotton ended in October 2020. Cotton had served as UR’s Vice-Chancellor since 2015.

At the time, Prof Lyambabaje replaced Dr. Musafiri Papias Malimba who served as the acting vice chancellor.

Prof Lyambabaje was born in 1960. He studied at the National University of Rwanda from where he went to pursue Master’s Degree in Canada.

Lyambabaje holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Doctorate in Mathematics from University de Rennes in France.

He has served in different capacities in Rwanda’s public sector. Among these, in 1999, he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

In 2000 he was appointed Minister of Commerce, Tourism Industry, Investments Promotion and Cooperatives, a position he held until 2003.

He supervised the formulation of policies for the ministry and in particular Rwanda Tourism Policy.

He also contributed to the regional integration process through active participation in regional ministerial meetings, including those of the East African Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

From April 2014 to 2015, he served as a senior researcher at the University of Rwanda in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He also served as an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Institute of Applied Sciences Ruhengeri.

Prof Lyambabaje has been recently serving as the Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA).

Prof Alexandre Lyambabaje has resigned from his position as UR Vice Chancellor.