In an explanation posted on the University website, UR says their considered target is to always issue degree certificates during the graduation ceremony but are in most cases delayed by students who pay for all the necessary requirements at the last minute and others who fail to complete their payments.
The University has however announced that the degree certificates for 2019 graduands will be handed to them by the end of January 2020. In the meantime, the graduates will be given accomplishment testimonials which they can present as they apply for jobs.
The announcement follows countless complaints of graduates reproaching the university’s administration of lateness in handing over degree certificate when the graduates have fulfilled all academic requirements and that it is a major hindrance for those who are searching for jobs.
The Ministry of Public Service and Labor (MIFOTRA) states that job seekers should present to employers notified documents certifying they have completed all the academic requirements to fulfill the duties they are applying for.
The terms and conditions for applicants in public institutions and other organizations require presenting academic credentials when applying via the ministry’s platform.
2019 graduates have no proof they have completed studies for attaining a degree so far.
UR has started negotiating with MIFOTRA to accept academic transcripts as graduates await their degree certificates.
UR promised that the degree certificates’ availability will be accelerated as they are no longer printed from Europe but locally. However, the university explained that since degrees are printed in Rwanda for the first time, they will be meticulous in executing it to avoid printing errors.
In 2019, a total of 9,382 students graduated with Bachelors’s degrees in various fields including 2488 women and 5894 men. They are all still waiting for their degrees.