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University of Kigali, Thursday, July 6, 2017, graduated a total of 130 students who were awarded degrees and diplomas in different disciplines.  The ceremony, that took place at Kigali Convention Center, was presided over by Prof. Jeffrey SACHS, special adviser to the UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio GUTERRES.

Mr. Sachs is also the Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Director of the New York based Earth Institute and also a senior Professor at Columbia University in the United States of America (USA).

1compProf. Jeffrey SACHS, senior special adviser to the UN Secretary General, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions  Network; Director of the New York based Earth Institute and also a  Professor at Columbia University, speaking at UoK third Graduation Ceremony at Kigali Convention Centre, July 6th, 2017.

Speaking at the Ceremony, the UN official thanked the University for inviting him to officiate at this ceremony.  He thanked the promoters for their effort that has made the Institution grows very first in the shortest possible time.

‘’ UoK is at the forefront in showing progress in the development of the Education Sector in Rwanda. This is part of the inspiration that your Government has shown not only what we are witnessing today but also in the other sectors of the economy. This is why it has been chosen to be the centre of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Africa. He cautioned the graduates that as young people, they are in the lead and need to work hard as they face the challenge of transforming Rwanda, Africa and the world at large.

Mr. Sachs is among the top world officials that were in Kigali attending an International Conference on ‘’Mobilizing African Intellectuals towards Quality Tertiary Education’’ that is one of the strategies for the achievement of the sustainable development goals in Africa.

2compAg. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Danson MUSYOKI Kimeu, speaking at the UoK 3rd Graduation Ceremony.

In his welcoming Remarks, UoK Vice Chancellor, Prof. Danson MUSYOKI Kimeu, a Kenyan senior Academician and Researcher, told the fresh graduates that learning was a continuous process

“Receiving your certificates, diplomas or a degree today does not mean an end but rather the beginning of a long journey. Let me say that it is what you do and how you do it after graduation that will determine your success in life,” he said.

He reported that since its commencement, in 2013, the University has expanded rapidly in enrollment with nearly 4800 students in Undergraduate programmes and more than 500 students in the Post Graduate Programmes that demonstrates the quality of education offered and the value that UoK offers.

Prof. Manasseh NSHUTI, the Chairman Board of Promoters, UoK, reminded students to work as intellectuals to ensure development of the country in all sectors.

“We established this institution to avoid the flow of Rwandans going to study abroad but we also wanted to provide them with quality and necessary education (right at home) . Our objective is to train Rwandans that can compete successfully on the Rwandan, Regional and even international labour markets,” said NSHUTI, a senior academician and accomplished professor.

3compProf. NSHUTI Manasseh, UoK Chairman, Board of Promoters speaking during the Graduation at KCC.

“Being awarded these certificates is one thing, but using them is another thing. All of us have different backgrounds and experiences but we have come to realise that education changes life and makes it sustainable. So you need to use the skills you acquired to make your life, families and the country better,” he urged graduands.

Dr David MACRAE, the University Chancellor, told the graduands that what they learnt in the university could have a profound effect on the rest of their lives if they make better choices in their future careers.

“Like all other investments, the returns on this investment will depend fundamentally on how it is managed, in deciding what to do with your degrees you need to consider your options carefully,” he said.

4compUoK Vice Chancellor, Dr. David MACRAE, delivering his speech at the University’s third graduation.

In his Vote of thanks at the end of the event, Mr.  AFRIKA Philibert, Promoter, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, University of Kigali, thanked the Government of Rwanda and all its stake holders in supporting the Investment growth within the Education sector. He particularly welcomed the support extended to the University by different stakeholders including among others; Coquebanque, Rwanda Air, Rwanda Stock Exchange and the Capital Market Authority.

5compMr. AFRIKA Philibert, Chairman, Board of Directors at the UoK 3rd Graduation Ceremony.

The ceremony was also attended by the Executive Director of the Rwanda Higher Education Council, Dr. Emmanuel MUVUNYI, the Ag Managing Director of COQUEBANQUE, Mrs. Vivian IGUNDURA, officials from sister higher Institutions of Learning and Diplomats from different countries based in Rwanda.

6compUoK Promoters and Co-founders together with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor.

7compUoK 3rd Graduation graduands in a group photo at Kigali Convention Center, 6th July, 2017.


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