University of Kigali (UoK) is a new private university that has been launched in Rwanda after securing definitive operating license to offer degree courses.
The founder members of University of Kigali include; Prof. Nshuti Manasseh, Mr. Afrika Philibert and Dr Kamiya Jean Marie Vianney Hakizimana all Rwandan nationals.
Speaking exclusively to IGIHE, Prof. Nshuti said, “opening of UoK (University of Kigali) is a dream come true for founder members.”
He added, “UoK is not just another university in Rwanda, but one that will turn-round and be point of reference of our high education pursuits as a country. The University will provide market oriented degree programs that blend theory and practice so that graduates leaving the institution will be ready for the job market both within and in outer world job market especially EAC.”
According to Prof.Nshuti, Students will pursue degree programs and combine these with professional courses of CPA, ACCA, CIFA, all designed to give students skills that labour markets critically demand.
The university will specifically offer professional training programs in finance, accounting, management, economics, and information technology, that local labour skills platform is serious short of.
Prof. Nshuti explained that the courses have been designed in such way that graduates have to have an interaction with the real world so as to marry theory and practice in away that places the graduates in control of their careers after graduation.
The University of Kigali boasts of recruited academics with extensive field experiences and professional qualification that enable them to deliver to the students the very best of knowledge required for economy and beyond.
“Our degree programs will take three years after which the students have to under-go internship that reinforces theory with the real world experience,” Prof. Nshuti said.
Hakizimana also a founder member says, “We put our minds and hearts in the University of Kigali, as Rwandese investors in education, for which we have not only experience and capacity to give the very best to our brothers and sisters, as well as international students.”
UoK is currently offering nine programs so far for the academic year 2013/2014 including; Bachelor of Commerce, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Law, Business Information Technology, Information Technology, Computer Science and Procurement.
The University also plans another bachelors six programs for 2014/15 academic year, as well as three Masters in Business Administration, Commerce and Science in Computer-based Information Systems.
Fees charged are quite competitive and depend on the type of the degree program the students wish to pursue, but they range from Frw600,000-Frw720,000 per year. And whereas one cannot put a price tag on knowledge, given the quality of UoK programs, these fees are more than value for money.
In the short-run UoK will run none residential degree programs, but as we plan to relocate to our permanent campus in Masaka, UoK will provide accommodation to students.
We promise to give Rwandese students and indeed other international students, the highest standard education. Only second to none.
Located in Kicukiro, opposite Sonatube round about, the university is currently inviting applicants for its degree programs for the academic Year 2013/14.