Graduates who were conferred upon their degrees yesterday at the university’s headquarters in Kigali city completed courses from different departments including environment protection, economics and accountancy, law and ICT and were all urged to take advantage of their qualification for individual progress and the country in general.
The Vice Chancellor of UNILAK, Dr Jean Ngamije told graduates that they were equipped with necessary knowledge to turn their dreams into reality and reminded them that their families, communities and labor market expect a great contribution.
“Acquired knowledge will help you to address faced challenges and taking advantage of the country’s opportunities made available for you to become entrepreneurs. It is up to you to maximize opportunities from that strong foundation built by the Government doing a lot of things fast and conveniently striving for the better future of the nation,” he said.
Dr Ngamije reminded them that dedication towards their job and being inclined on Rwandans virtues will be a key to achieving their aspirations.
The Vice Chairman of the Board at UNILAK, Alphonsine Murekatete commended the University for Contribution to quality education imparting knowledge rooted on Christian values.
She requested graduates to support the Government’s goal of improving citizens’ livelihoods within seven years plan.
“You need to create new income generating jobs to promote national economy and combat poverty,” she said.
The Chancellor of UNILAK, Prof Dr Butera Alexis asked graduates to strive for a better world working hard with dedication to shape the future of the country.
He reminded them that learning is an ongoing process that they should be flexible to acquire new knowledge and skills, work together to address different challenges including poverty.
Rugaju Editha, one of Master’s graduates from International criminal law lauded whoever contributed to their intellectual journey that will serve as a foundation to shaping their future and contributing to national welfare in general.
UNILAK was established in 1997 through the undeterred efforts of the Federation of Adventist Parents’ Associations for the Development of Education in Rwanda (FAPADER) members that were beleaguered by the scarcity and limited opportunities of students that had accomplished their secondary education to further for tertiary education.
Since then UNILAK has risen from grass to grace and from strength to a stronger institutional firm which is founded on Seventh –Day Adventist beliefs, values and practices.
UNILAK has so far released 10,000 graduates from different branches in Kigali, Nyanza and Rwamagana districts.