Conferences & Visits

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    NEC CHAIRMAN ADDRESS AT ULK/GISENYI CAMPUS

    Today, 21st March 2017 the Chairman of NEC (National Electoral Commission), Prof KALISA MBANDA made it to Rubavu to address both ULK and UTB staff as well as students on imminent presidential elections due to take place in Rwanda. He was accompanied by two officials; Ms MITARI Lydia from MINEDUC and Mr. KALIMUNDA Djamada, Chairman of NEC in Rubavu District.

    Prof. Dr KALISA MBANDA Chairman of NEC

    To cut a long story short, Prof. KALISA MBANDA reminded the gathering that the presidential electoral day in Rwanda is nearing, and that all the citizens should stand ready to participate in this imminent election. He went on to highlight the importance of participating in elections. Nevertheless, he openly stated that experience has revealed that some intellectual people take the election event for granted.

    On September the 4th, our nation will come together to elect a leader that will stand for our rights as citizens, students, employees and employers. As you all know, we are living in a democracy. So, voting is our right, the opportunity for us to contribute to the political process. Sad to say, experience has revealed that some intellectuals – people who ought to make the first move – do not value elections.

    - Prof. Dr KALISA MBANDA, Chairman, NEC

    That being said, he requested the audience to go to the polls and cast their vote when September the 4th knocks up.  Good enough, the audience pledged to do so and take the message home to ascertain all families, friends, neighbors and acquaintances join event.

    All things considered, Prof. Dr MUNYAMASOKO thanked the visitors and called it a day.

     

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    YEAR 3 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CROWNED INTERCLASS DEBATE CHAMPIONS

    The interclass debated competition that has been going on since 13 February 2017, ended in style today on 13th March, 2017 with year 3 International Relations students emerging the champions.

    It was an event in which both year 1 Law and Year 3 International Relations met to debate on the motion which goes, “Lack of African Unity is not the cause of African underdevelopment”. Year one Law had to propose the motion while year three International Relations had to reject the motion.

    ULK Debate Final

    ULK Debate Final

    Both teams proved to have searched the motion as they could argue with facts from well known sources. They could quote writers, journals, important personalities, to mention but a few.

    The table of judges was made up of Norah NATUKUNDA, Chantal TUYISHIMIRE and Ambroise AGABA who was the chief judge. Every judge independently awarded marks to each and every debater and thereafter they had to put their marks together to determine the winning side.

    ULK Debate Final Team of Judges

    Team of judges

    After each and every debater had echoed their arguments, every judge held the microphone to give comments on shortcomings and points to salute as far as every debater is concerned. It is in this respect that, Judge Norah NATUKUNDA criticized the lack of gender balance in year three International Relations. As she pointed it out, when a debating team is solely made of male debaters or female debaters, it does not portray a pretty sight to the audience.

    ULK Debate Final

    When Judge Chantal TUYISHIMRE grabbed the microphone to utter her views, she made it clear that though the debaters proved to have searched the motion, they still failed to satisfactorily come up with a lot of statistics to better convince the audience.

    ULK Debate Final

    As for Chief Judge Ambroise AGABA, he took an ample time criticizing at the same time lauding every debater by showing them their areas of improvement as well as the areas of perfection. He made it clear that it is good to show the audience that you want them to be convinced from the beginning not at the end of the debate. He also reiterated that all the debaters proved to have taken their time to gather more information related to the motion at hand.

    Speaking at the function, Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, Director of the Language Center at Kigali Independent University, expressed his satisfaction vis-à-vis the results achieved from the competition. As he said, the road is not over yet. More competitions are yet to come.

    “I’m very grateful for the results achieved from this interclass debate competition. We have managed to discover numerous talents and this is a great step for the university. However, don’t think you have reached the end. We still have various competitions to take part in. We still have to attend national competitions, regional competitions why not global competitions”, he proudly said.

    ULK Debate Final

    At the end of the day, year 3 International Relations students were declared winners while their rivals were declared first run-up. It should be noted that the best debaters were awarded with certificates while the champions were given certificates and the championship trophy.

     

     

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    SECOND MEETING ON ENTREPREURSHIP AT ULK KIGALI

    Today 7th March 2017, another meeting on entrepreneurship was held at Kigali Independent University ULK to discuss ways and means for enabling the youth to be part and parcel of the development agenda as the people without whom there is no tomorrow.

    This meeting came after another one which had attracted researchers and experts in the area of entrepreneurship. This meeting centered on AYES which is an umbrella organization that targets to bring together all young Africans and instill into them entrepreneurship mentality. The acronym AYES stands for African Youth Entrepreneurship Society.

    Today’s meeting brought together young entrepreneurs from around the country. They had the privilege to be addressed by experts in the field of entrepreneurship. Among the key note speakers was Mr. Dominique MVUNABANDI, who talked about the historical background of AYES.

    MVUNABANDI also talked about TICAD “Tokyo International Conference on African Development.” As he expounded, in 1993, Japan launched TICAD to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners on issues facing Africa, such as economic development, poverty and conflict.

    Dominique Mvunabandi presenting during AYES Meeting.JPG

    He went further to say that TICAD aims to mobilize the wisdom and resources of all stakeholders interested in African development under the concept of African “ownership” and “partnership” between Africa and the international community.

    Still shedding more light, MVUNABANDI said that the African Youth Entrepreneurship Society (YES) is a network of young and vibrant Rwandan Entrepreneurs and Researchers aged below 40 years, who have the passion and motivation to make a big impact through entrepreneurship development for sustainable industrialization in Rwanda.

    Supplementing MVUNABANDI, Dr OKOKO OSAMBO, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics of ULK, said that young people should take the lead in determining their future, the future of their country and subsequently that of the world over. To this, he reiterated that a meeting on young entrepreneurs is a move in the right direction as the attendees get more tips on how to keep transforming lives through projects and initiatives.

    It is worth informing that in today’s meeting. Participants lauded Kigali Independent University ULK for bringing them together as the host institution of AYES. They said, having a place where to express and share entrepreneurship skills is something to salute.

    AYES Meeting with Entrepreneurs at ULK

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    STATE MINISTER IMPRESSED BY ULK POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

    Today 7th March 2017, Rwanda’s state minister in charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVETs), Hon. Olivier RWAMUKWAYA, visited ULK Polytechnic Institute to personally witness the progress the institute has been making since its inception. The minister along with the delegation he was heading, were warmly welcomed red by the senior management of Kigali Independent University ULK spearheaded by Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA, the Founder and President of ULK.

    In his welcome remarks, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, the Founder and President of Kigali Independent University ULK, expressed his gratitude vis-à-vis the visit by government officials. As he said, their visit is a motivating factor towards excellence.

    Disclosing the motive behind their visit, the minister said that their visit aimed at seeing how far ULK Polytechnic Institute has gone in equipping young people with technical skills that will enable them to be self-reliant.

    “As the ministry having TVETs in its remits, we have found it worthwhile to come here and visit different services offered by ULK Polytechnic Institute. To be frank, we’ve been impressed by the commendable strides this institute has so far made in equipping people with technical skills”, he was quoted saying.

    Having been wowed by the progress the institute has been making, the minister pledged advocacy to ensure that many other strides will be registered.

    “Good achievements are worth saluting and cherishing. We at the ministry in charge of TVETs are going to make advocacy so that ULK Polytechnic Institute may keep registering commendable progress in the technical world. We will do our best so that many other officials may come and see what you are doing”, he promised.

    Everything considered, the minister along with his delegation posed for a group photo with the senior management of ULK and that marked the end of the function.

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    ULK AND SACEM INDUSTRIES SIGN MoU

    Today 6th March 2017, SACEM Industries and Kigali Independent University ULK signed a Memorandum of understanding that will make it possible for both sides to partner in a number of areas.

    On this special occasion, SACEM Industries was represented by its Director General, M. Mohamed Ghazi CHEBBI while Kigali Independent University ULK was represented by its Founder and President, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA.

    In his welcome remarks, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA thanked SACEM Industries for having expressed its desire to partner with ULK for mutual benefit. He also said that Kigali Independent University ULK stands ready to meet its obligations as drafted in the signed MoU.

    The MoU signing session was good but the spicing on the cake was the tour they made around ULK to discover more about the services offered therein. Along the tour, they were shown around and were provided with explanations on a variety of services and departments housed by ULK.

    Having signed the MoU, the head of SACEM Industries delegation, M. Mohamed Ghazi CHEBBI, could not hide his satisfaction towards such a milestone. He said that the reached agreement will significantly pave the way for huge achievements that will impact positively to the betterment of both companies.

    As stipulated by the signed MoU, either side committed itself to meeting a number of responsibilities. As for SACEM Industries, it will train the trainers of trainers; prepare the appropriate training modules under the auspices of ULK, to mention but a few.  In the same perspective, ULK, will have to meet some responsibilities which include among others dealing with publicity and means of communication, allowing SACEM trainers to stay in ULK Guest House during the training period, etc.

    It should be noted that SACEM Industries is a Tunisia-based company which has since 1966 been at the forefront in the manufacture and marketing of transformers as well as the distribution of single-phase, three-phase and special electric power.  It is expected that the signed MoU will mainly center on electricity, a field in which SACEM Industries heavily invests.

    Being in high spirits, the representatives of both sides posed for a group photo and this was the end of the function.

     

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    ULK HOSTS A MEETING ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCHERS

    Today 1st March 2017, Kigali Independent University was very much honored to host a conference aiming at preparing the set up of the Rwandan Entrepreneurship Research Forum, linking young entrepreneurs and researchers.  The conference had attracted experts from all walks of life who had come to exchange on what should be done to uplift young entrepreneurs and researchers.

    The move came after the United Nations University, besieged in Tokyo, Japan expressed its burning desire to promote entrepreneurship among young people across Africa as well as promoting capacity building for sustainability in Africa.

      

    Dr. OKOKO OSAMBO, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, was one of the key speakers during the meeting. In his presentation, he highlighted the role played by entrepreneurship and thereafter made it clear that there is an umbrella organization that targets to bring together all young African entrepreneurs and researchers for sustainable development. As he vindicated, this umbrella is known as AYES (African Young Entrepreneurs Society) now running in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Mr MVUNABANDI describing AYES

    Dr. OKOKO OSAMBO added that the pioneers behind the creation of that organization want it to be spread across Africa and have many branches. It is in this respect that, its Rwandan Chapter is expected to be launched in few days ahead if nothing jeopardizes the plans now in the pipeline.

    Borrowing a leaf from the words uttered by Obino, Namusonge et al. Dr. OKOKO OSAMBO tried to explain what entrepreneurship really means and came up with the definition that it is is the individual motivation and willingness to take risk, create and sustain a growth-oriented and profit making enterprise”

    As it was revealed two more meetings are set to take place in the days ahead. One on Young Entrepreneurs which is expected to be held on 07March, 2017, and another which slated for 14th March, 2017 which will tackle entrepreneurship at the national level.

    Some challenges were singled out as impediments to successful entrepreneurship in Africa. They include unfriendly business environment characterized by regulatory burden and bureaucratic procedures, inaccessibility to credit, and poor physical infrastructure.

    Towards the end of his presentation, Dr. OKOKO OSAMBO pointed out some research areas of focus as proposed by the Nairobi Workshop. Those are agribusiness entrepreneurship research and manufacturing entrepreneurship research.

    The meeting climaxed in everyone resolving to do whatever it takes to make Africa a continent on which young people are taking the lead in creating sustainable projects for the betterment of the continent and the world at large.

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    ULK PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER TIPS STUDENTS ON SUCCESS SECRETS

    Today, 13th February 2017, ULK President and Founder, Prof. Dr Rwigamba Balinda held two important sessions in which he tipped Kigali Campus students on the secret of success. The first session took place in the morning before the students entered their respective classes, while a similar session took place in the evening to make evening section students enjoy what their day section counterparts had enjoyed in the morning.

    Both sessions were introduced by a word of prayer which was subsequently followed by the president’s message in full.

    Orlando Battista was right when he said, “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time”. The president of ULK clearly understands this and always does whatever it takes to insure that he addresses the students on issues of great significance.

    In his both sessions the president stressed the relevance of combining both science and conscience as prioritizing the former and ignoring the latter would lead to failure.

    “If you value science and neglect conscience, your life will be a failure”, he told the eager students.

    In the same perspective, the president gave the students six secrets that will lead to success: Participation, personal regular study, group work discussion, English skills, ICT Skills and reading. As he expounded, the participation is all about attending classes and asking questions where the learner does not understand. Still at this point, he stressed that attendance sheets must be given to Heads of Departments and lecturers to monitor the attendance of the students so that only those with 80% attendance rate will be allowed to sit for exams.

    ULK Lecturers and Admin Staff ULK Master of Ceremony Mr. Jean Baptiste

    Talking about English skills, the president made it clear that English is not only the language of science, the medium of instruction, but it is also the language the entire globe uses for business and communication. He therefore urged the students to value this language by taking part in various speaking activities organized on the campus through English Club and Debate Club.ULK VC Dr SEKIBI Ezechiel

    Before winding up his message, the president gave the floor to the students to ask questions or share some comments. The questions were answered in a satisfactory manner and that brought the event to an end.

    Good to say, the students were heard saying that this initiative of the president and Founder of ULK to come and meet them so as to tip them on a number of important points and hear from their problems, is a move in the right direction. The students said that this initiative should continue as it inspires and motivates them to shape a better future for them and excel in their studies.

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    ULK/GISENYI CAMPUS STUDENTS BRIEFED ON HEROISM

    Today, 25th January 2017, ULK/Gisenyi Campus Students were honored to hear from Honorable Tom NDAHIRO, a Commissioner from CHENO (Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour). As it is customary at ULK, The function kick-started with a word of prayer led by a first year student, Mr. Julio FUNDIKO.

    Shortly after the introductory remarks by the Campus Number One, Prof. Dr MUNYAMASOKO Cyeze Emmanuel, Honorable Tom NDAHIRO took the floor. Disclosing the motive behind his visit he said that CHENO found it worthwhile to give talks directed to Rwandan college and university students in a bid to instill among them the culture or spirit of heroism. Such talks are being delivered throughout the heroism week, ranging from 20th to 31st January 2017, as Rwandans get ready to commemorate Rwanda National Heroes’ Day on 1st February 2017, under the theme dubbed, “Heroism is taking choices that fit us.”

    ULK Honorable Tom NDAHIRO

    Developing his presentation, Honorable Tom NDAHIRO specifically recalled the heroic deed by Inyange secondary school students, as they completely withstood divisionism. As a matter of fact, the students were killed after refusing to be separated along ethnic lines of Hutus and Tutsis as ordered by Hutu extremists.   That being said, he urged the students in attendance to follow in those secondary school students’ steps.

    “Anyone can become a hero if only they are determined to. Having values such as determination, patriotism, love and the like is enough for you to act heroically as Inyange secondary school students did, or any other people whose deeds went down in history”

    - Tom NDAHIRO , CHENO

    As he supplemented Hononable Fred NDAHIRO, Colonel KAYUMBA said that today’s Rwanda – its development just to mention among others- is not a result of miracles; it is rather a result of determination and many more values. To wind up his intervention, he urged the students to join the commemoration of Rwanda National Heroes’ Day, a day on which Rwandans are reminded of the great value in service to the country that the national heroes have shown those who are still alive.

    All is well that ends well. The function climaxed with a word of prayer by Prof. Dr MUNYAMASOKO Cyeze Emmanuel, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics.