The National University of Rwanda (NUR) is hosting students who are doing Masters Degrees in Development practice from two Irish Universities of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.
This visit is a result of a joint program between the Trinity College Dublin, the University College Dublin and the NUR. The students from these two Dublin universities are in Rwanda for three months of internship in different areas according to the different fields of study.
During a welcoming presentation NUR Rector, Prof. Silas Lwakabamba told the students that Rwanda plans to form one university which will be called the University of Rwanda. He explained that if no change occurs, this decision will be put into practice in September, a period which coincides with the beginning of academic year 2012-2013.
He also gave details about how Rwanda is committed to promote science and technology.
“As a way of eradicating poverty, Rwanda has established 12 years of basic education free of charge,” he explained. He told them how this education policy was initially 6 years of primary school, how it became 9 years beginning 2010 and now 12 years.
Prof. Silas Lwakabamba reminded the students that the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda affected negatively all sectors in the country including education. Lwakabamba also spoke about how Rwanda is willing to partner with other countries by joining international communities such as its recent membership in East Africa Community and the Commonwealth.
The students were told not to worry about security in Rwanda as the country gives a lot of value to it by putting in place much effort in discipline and professionalism in security sector. The joint program between the Trinity College Dublin, the University College Dublin and the NUR in Masters Development Practice dates four years back.
Last year in August, a batch of other Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin students programs came to Rwanda studying development practices and got the opportunity to meet His Excellency the President of the Republic of Rwanda.