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    WDA DIRECTOR GENERAL VISITS ULK POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

    Another important date enters the archives of ULK Polytechnic Institute. It is the date on which the Director General of Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Jerome GASANA visited ULK Polytechnic Institute. This took place on 5th April, 2017.

    While at the campus, he enjoyed a warm welcome from the senior management of ULK spearheaded by Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, the Founder and President of ULK.

    In his welcome remarks, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, thanked the Director General of WDA for the visit and then explained where the idea to launch the Polytechnic Institute stemmed from.

    The talk by the President and Founder of ULK was supplemented by Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvestre, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute, who equipped the visiting delegation on the strides made so far ever since the Polytechnic Institute was put in place.

    Corroborating the previous speakers, Mr. Kayijamahe Patrick, the Head of Department at ULK Polytechnic Institute, disclosed different departments running under the polytechnic institute and explained how relevant they are to the general public.

    The above were not the only personalities to deliver statements as Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI and Dr. Okoko OSAMBO both serving ULK as Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics respectively, supplemented each other by explaining how the polytechnic institute came as a solution to job creation.

    It is worth mentioning that the delegation had the privilege to tour the polytechnic institute for a clear view of the services offered therein. It is after the tour that the Director General of WDA, revealed his innermost perceptions. As he said, he was happy with what ULK Polytechnic Instituteis doing.

     

    “I’d like to commend the management of this polytechnic Institute for the great job they are doing. Indeed, I appreciate the idea of creating a Polytechnic Institute because it is in line with the vision of the nation which encourages people to be job creators and find solutions to the most pressing problems affecting Rwandans and the world at large”, he enthusiastically said.

    Everything considered the delegation along with the management of ULK posed for a group photo and that was the end of the function.

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    FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF ULK OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES AYES RWANDA AND RERF

    Today 24th March 2017, the Founder and President of Kigali Independent University, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, officially launched the AYES Rwanda and RERF. AYES is an acronym standing for African Young Entrepreneurs Society while RERF is the Rwandan Entrepreneurs and Researchers Forum.  Both organizations work closely together to boost entrepreneurship across the country.

    Prior to the official launching, a number of personalities delivered statements which are in line with the theme of the function. Among key note speakers were Dr. OKOKO Osambo, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, and Gilbert Banamwana the Founder and CEO of CIC Microfinance, Ltd.

    In his statement, Dr. OKOKO Osambo explained where the idea to create AYES and RERF came from. As he said, it was first initiated by the United Nations University (UNU) back in 2009 whereby this university created a project geared towards the sustainable development in Africa. In a bid for this project to fructify, the idea to create an umbrella organization for young entrepreneurs and researchers came in.

    He went further to say that when the project was launched in Africa, specifically in Nairobi; it had to expand to other countries of Africa including Rwanda. It is at this stage that Kigali Independent University was tasked to set up AYES-Rwanda Chapter and set up the forum for young researchers.  To this, he commended the efforts made by Kigali Independent University ULK in fulfilling its task with great distinction because everything the university was tasked to accomplish has already materialized.

    RERF Committee at ULK

    To date, both AYES-Rwanda and RERF are represented countrywide and this is due to the efforts and wise coordination of Kigali Independent University ULK. It should be noted that the board of directors for both forums were unveiled in this function.

    Towards the end of the function, the floor was given to the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, who was also the guest of honor, to deliver his statement.

    In his remarks, he shared with the audience his success story in the area of entrepreneurship. As he said, his idea to invest in entrepreneurship sparked into his mind back in 1990 when he created the University of Goma (UNIGO). Later on, he created Primary and secondary schools and then the university. He pointed out that, his ambitions remain high as he still has a top class hospital to establish in few years ahead.

    ULK AYES RERF, Founder and Owner of ULK launches the 2 teams

    Besides, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA BALINDA said that those who are driven by fear cannot start projects tipped the audience on the how to effectively overcome fear in business.

    If someone is afraid, he can’t start a project, he can’t get a loan from the bank. In order to overcome that fear, one has to be endowed with faith, determination, vision, planning, then implementation come at the end

    - Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA, President and Founder

    At the end of the function, the President and Founder of Kigali Independent University declared both AYES-Rwanda and RERF officially launched.

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    ULK COMMUNITY READY FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

    Today, 23rd March 2017, ULK community proved to be ready for the upcoming presidential elections due to take place here in Rwanda on 4th August, 2017. This was revealed in an interaction with two officials from the electoral commission in Kigali City, namely, IRAMBONA Liberathe and GAKWISI Léonidas. The former is the coordinator of electoral activities in Kigali City while the latter is the Chairperson of Electoral Commission in GASABO District. Both of them had come to equip the entire ULK community with information on the forthcoming elections.

    ULK VC Dr SEKIBIBI Ezechiel opening the event

    In his welcome note, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI, Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, expressed his gratitude towards both speakers for having chosen ULK for sharing electoral information. He thereafter handed the microphone to Ms IRAMBONA Liberathe to deliver her message.

    IRAMBONA’s message centered on the upcoming presidential elections slated in August this year. She underscored that the decision to come to Kigali Independent University ULK is not a result of random but it was due to a number of reasons. As she said, one of the reasons that pushed them to choose ULK is the stainless credibility of ULK community. She added that since the majority of ULK community is made up of the youth, it was a good opportunity to address young people who are the drivers of the life that lies ahead.

    Madam Liberathe disclosing her message

    “Sincerely speaking, your university is positively reputed; and it is this reputation that stimulated us to come here. Besides, we have been to many places but this is our first time to find such a mammoth crowd in a big hall like this. The room is full to its capacity and this is something to salute, she praised the attendees.

    “You are still young and more than 56% of the Rwandan population is made of the youth. Thus, you should bear in mind that the future of this country lies in your hands. It is therefore another reason that has pushed us to choose your university as a place where young people study and we believe you will massively cast your ballots when the due time comes”, she added.

    IRAMBONA reminded the youthful community of ULK that they are the ones to determine the future of Rwanda through elections. She urged them to get ready for elections and be ready to vote for the right person who will keep propelling the economic growth of the nation and the one who will be pro-people.

    “Considering the current life expectancy in Rwanda, you are the ones who still have many years to live. This means that the future mayors, MPs, ministers, ambassadors, etc. are among young people. Therefore, you must get ready to vote for the person who will do all it takes to make you enjoy decent lives and make your dreams materialize”, she advised them.

    GAKWISI-Leonidas-at-ULK

    Supplementing Ms IRAMBONA, Mr. GAKWISI Léonidas, made it clear that elections and democracy fall in the same basket. People go for polls because they want to give meaning to their democratic ideals. It is in this respect that GAKWISI borrowed a leaf from what Abraham Lincoln said and explained democracy as the government of the people by the people and for the people. He also threw some light on things such as the requirements for one to contest for presidential elections, how to check one’s status on voter list, how to transfer oneself to another polling station, to mention but a few.

    It is a question answer session that marked the end of the function.

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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.