Kigali Independent University ULK is a private Institution of higher learning founded on 15th March, 1996 and governed now by the new law Nº 27/2013 of 24/5/2013 governing the organization and functioning of Higher Education in Rwanda, the Law Nº13/2009 of 27/5/2009 regulating Labor in Rwanda, the Presidential Order Nº51/01 of 13/7/2010 establishing quality standards in higher learning institutions, the ULK statutes, the present Internal Regulations and Manual of procedures.
ULK has the vision to stand out as a university for excellence at the heart of Africa with highly motivated students and a highly qualified personnel endowed with ethical values.
The fundamental mission of ULK is to provide the students with a training which will enable them to become actors and organizers of a complete development of the nation.
Despite ULK’s legal status of “private institution”, meaning that functions using its own means, ULK takes patience and allows gradual payments from students who don’t have the capacity to pay the fees at once.
Furthermore, RWIGAMBA BALINDA’s FOUNDATION assists students deprived of financial capacities with a grant (a loan) without any interest. Since its creation in 2001 until the academic year 2013-2014, the Foundation has granted bursaries to 2,878 students of ULK (Kigali and Gisenyi Campuses) to help them complete their university studies.
The philosophy of Kigali Independent University ULK is based on four fundamental principles:
- To have faith in God;
- To know one’s mission on earth;
- To live ethical values;
- To have positive thoughts.
The motto of Kigali Independent University ULK is “Science and Conscience”.
The values of Kigali Independent University ULK are “Integrity, Humility, Determination and Excellence”.