Mrs. Adzo Ashie, Vice Principal of the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, has paid a courtesy call on the University of Kigali, She was received by a University of Kigali team led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor-Academic, Professor Robert E. Hinson and comprising the University Registrar, Mr. Nicolas Katende, Ms. Alice Kirezi, the Director of University Operations and Ms. Gifty Aduamah, the Director of Marketing and Institutional Advancement.
Professor Robert E. Hinson introduced Mrs. Adzo Ashie to the University of Kigali Team and vice versa. In explaining where the University of Kigali has come from, where it is now, and why it is an excellent choice for international students, Mr. Nicolas Katende discussed the strong heritage of the University, the fact that University hosts thirty different student nationalities and the multicultural nature of the faculty and other staff.
Ms. Alice Kirezi, the Director of University Operations spoke to the centrality of the main campus location, the Musanze campus and how the University is looking to open new campuses. On the query related to housing and accommodation, the University Registrar, Mr. Nicolas Katende noted that under the office of the Dean of Student Affairs, there is a dedicated International Students Officer who assists all international students with their accommodation issues.
Ms. Alice Kirezi, the Director of University Operations also noted that University of Kigali students engage in community development projects. On this issue, Mrs. Adzo Ashie noted that this aligns with SOS-Hermann Gmeiner values where students at the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner College are also obligated to engage in community projects.
Ms. Gifty Aduamah and Nicolas Katende both stressed the fact that the University has three intakes in a year, and that it also operates three student streams, day, evening and weekend. They noted that over 85% of the evening and weekend streams are working professionals and that for the day session, the University was commissioning a tracer study to gauge the employability quotient of University of Kigali graduates.
Nicolas Katende also contended that in recent student intakes, the University had enrolled six students who are being funded by SOS Rwanda. The meeting ended on an extremely cordial note with Mrs. Adzo Ashie committing to get the SOS Rwanda Guidance and Counselling Teams to liaise with the University of Kigali to continue discussions around the possibility of enrolling SOS-Hermann Gmeiner students at the University of Kigali in the future.