Conferences & Visits

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    On 29th February 2019, ULK/Gisenyi Campus Community gathered to witness the swearing in ceremony of AGEULK New Committee. On the same occasion, there was a handover ceremony, whereby the outgoing committee passed the lead to the new one.

    As a matter of fact, the event was graced by folk songs and traditional dances, not forgetting the presence of Guild Presidents from other institutions of higher learning; UTB/Rubavu, INES/Ruhengeri, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic, IPRC/Musanze, just to mention but a few.


    Have now taken the lead: ISHIMWE Pacifique (President), HAKAMINEZA Clever (Vice President), NTWALI Claude MUSONERA (General Secretary), MURAGIJIMANA Christine (Treasurer), MUGANJI James(Minister of Academic Affairs), MWISENEZA Willy (Minister of Sports, Culture and Hobbies), RUMANYIKA ISSA Gazelle (Minister in charge of Public Relations),  UWANYIRIGIRA TUMUKUNDE Anitha (Minister of Gender), UMUTESI MBABAZI Jessica (Protocol), MAPENDANO Christian (ICT),  MAZIMPAKA Prince (President of arbitration and control committee) NGABO Espoir (Vice President of arbitration and control committee, CYIZA Yvonne (Secretary) MUTABAZI Heritier (First Advisor) and KAHUMUZA Peter (Second Advisor).

    In his address, the new Guild President, who took over Mr. NGABONZIZA Robert, expressed his gratitude to the students for having invested their trust in him by voting for him. He subsequently, gave a brief account of what he and the team under his lead have pledged to achieve throughout their mandate. Most importantly, he pledged that they stand more than ready to do their utmost to satisfy the students they will be representing.

    “First and foremost, I wish to thank you all, I mean the students who voted for me as well as those who did not. My team and I have set a good action plan and we stand more than ready to achieve it. My team and I are going to do all it could cost to satisfy you with our hard and honest work.”

    Speaking on the occasion, the Director in charge of academic services, ISHEMA Pierre, who was the guest of honor, thanked the outgoing committee for having successfully accomplished their mission. Besides, he thanked them for having been collaborative with the university’s officials throughout their mandate.

    On this special occasion, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the outgoing committee for their great achievements. It’s no wonder that you stuck to the pledge you made last year and good enough you achieved the goals you set. The way I see it, the outgoing committee’s key to success is nothing else but hard word and collaboration with the university’s management. To this I wish to request the new committee to follow in the outgoing committee’s footsteps (…)”, he was quoted saying.

    It is on the guest of honor’s remarks that the function was brought to close.


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    On 30th January 2019, ULK/Gisenyi Campus had a great privilege to hear a joint presentation on heroism. The presenters were: Janvier MURENZI and Colonel Pascal MUHIZI. The former is Vice Mayor in charge of economic affairs in Rubavu District and the latter is the Commander of  one of the brigades operating in the Western Province of Rwanda.

    After brief heart-lighted opening remarks by the Campus Coordinator, Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, the vice Mayor Janvier MURENZI stated the context of the talk. He made it clear that it was worth meeting ULK/Gisenyi students and brief them on heroism as the commemoration of Rwanda National Heroes Day was around the corner.

    “As you all know, every 1st February 2019, Rwanda holds a celebration day to honor its heroes. It is in this framework that the Brigade Commander Pascal MUHIZI and I found it truly worthwhile to come around today and brief you on heroism. It is no wonder that you are an audience worth talking to given what your country is expecting from you, as tomorrow’s national cadres”, he told the gathering.

    Given the floor, Colonel Pascal MUHIZI gave some brief historical background information on the heroic struggles that led to the liberation of Rwanda. Everything considered, he called upon the people in the gathering, students as a matter of fact, to always ascertain they are characterized by heroic spirit.

    “Young people like you greatly contributed to liberating our country. If we trace back in 1990 liberation war, most of the combatants were young people like you. Thanks to their patriotism,  heroism and many other values, they engaged in a dreadful liberation war. They went hungry for days, walked day and night, many of them were killed, but those who survived moved forward until they liberated the country. As today’s youth, you must follow in their footsteps to ascertain you contribute to building and developing your country,” he was quoted saying.

    To wind up the talk, the Campus coordinator emphasized the values that should characterize a hero; patriotism, honesty, hard work, determination, just to mention but a few. He also urged those in attendance to go outside there and educate their fellow citizens on heroism. Everything considered, he thanked the presenters for their availability and constructive talk. It t is on his word of gratitude that the talk was brought to close.






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    Judge Erica giving instructions to the debaters

    On 25th January 2019, a friendly debate took place at ULK Gisenyi campus. The debate was in a British Parliamentary Debate format and it brought together debaters from ULK Kigali and their counterparts from ULK Gisenyi. As expounded by Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, the Director of the Center of Languages at ULK Kigali, the main objective of the debate was to strengthen the brotherly ties existing between both campuses and prepare the debate competitions in the days ahead.

    Debate mentors Jean Baptiste Manirakiza and Sylivain Nizeyimana watching their debaters

    “Our university is currently renowned to be a hub of debates after having repeatedly won different debate competitions locally and beyond the borders. This winning spirit did not come on a silver platter. It is something that was prepared and sweated for. We have therefore come here to first of all cement the brotherhood relationships prevailing between our campuses as campuses having in common the management, vision, mission, principles and values; as well as preparing the coming competitions so that our winning spirit may remain intact”, he told the gathering.

    The debate was organized by Offices of the Heads of Students’ Services (both campuses) in conjunction with the Offices of the Centers of Languages (both campuses) as well as the Students’ Unions- AGEULK (both campuses).

    Gisenyi campus debaters testing their weapons

    As the debate was in British Parliamentary format, four debaters were selected to debate on behalf of either campus. Kigali Campus debaters were MUKANTEKO Karema Shemsa, Chris Jordan, MUGABO Edward and N’zigire R. Carole; while Gisenyi Campus was represented by James RWAKASANA, Naomie MANZANZA, Aline UMUTONIWASE and Grace NYIRANTEBUKA. It is worth noting that the motion of the day was,  “This House believes that the Production Efforts in a Country like Rwanda should be focused more on Agricultural Production rather than Industrial Production”.

    ULK Kigali Debate Team in a brainstorming exercise

    Like any other debate session, this friendly debate had a table of judges which was made of Judge Erica KABANDA, Judge Emmanuel TWAGIRAYEZU and Judge SHYAKA Jesse Rayson as the Chief Judge. The time keeper was Willy SHEMA who proved professionalism by making sure that all the debaters used the allocated time.

    From left to right: Judge Emmanuel, Judge Erica, Judge Jesse and Willy the Time Keeper

    Mr. NIZEYIMANA Sylivain Mushobora, the Director of the Center of Languages at ULK Gisenyi Campus appreciated the level of his debaters and said that the brotherly debate was a move in the right direction.

    “I would like to thank Kigali Campus students who have come along to have a brotherly debate with us. This debate has enabled me to clearly tell the level of my debaters in debating. They’ve considerably made tremendous progress in this art of speaking. To this, I wish to request for more brotherly debates in the days that lie ahead”, he noted.

    A cross section of the people who graced the friendly debate

    When the debate was declared over, the floor was opened to the members of the audience to echo their views on the motion.

    As experienced debater but who did not debate this time, NISHIMWE Ariane Douce from ULK Kigali, commended the debaters and she told them that they are on the right track with only a few imperfections to work on.

    “I’d like to thank the debaters for a wonderful performance they’ve put up. It was really a lovely debate. However, I wish to come back to some of the shortcomings that need to be attended to if we wish to go extra mile. When you’re the last speaker, you can’t refuse to answer a question saying that it is not within your remits to answer questions. You should answer even if your role is to summarize the team’s points”, the EAC Debate Champion advised the debaters.

    EAC Debate Champion, Ariane requesting the microphone to speak her mind

    As debate veterans, the judges also had to share their expertise after the debate. As they said, once all the pieces of advice are taken into consideration, Kigali Independent University ULK will maintain its invincibility and hence become a true hub of debates.

    Everything considered, a group photo was taken and the debaters made a tour of Rubavu town and that marked the end of the event.

    Group photo


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    Today on 24th January 2019, the entire ULK Kigali community was in high spirits when the delegation from CHENO (Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour) visited the campus to brief them on heroism. The two-man delegation was made of NKUSI Déo, the Executive Secretary of CHENO and BYISHIMO Patrick, also a staff in CHENO.

    At the very start of the function, the Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, made welcome remarks to and appealed to the audience to be all eyes and ears to better internalize the visitors’ message.

    Speaking at the event, Nkusi Déo, put it clear that heroism involves a number of things; from being civically trained to the endowment of ethical values. He also noted that heroes are people whose deeds are exceptional and heroic as their names have it.
    “You can’t be a hero without being civically educated because it is through civic education that one understands better what they should do for their country. You should therefore strive to excel in whatever you do by completing your assignment with distinction”, he told the gathering.
    Some light was also thrown on who the national heroes are. As the speaker of the day vindicated, Rwandan heroes are categorized into three parts: Imanzi, Imena and Ingenzi. The first category comprises heroes such as the Unknown Soldier and late Maj. Gen. Fred Gisa Rwigema. As he said, the Unknown Soldier represents all the soldiers who lost their lives during the liberation struggle or other fights to defend Rwanda be it in recent or ancient eras. The Unknown Soldier’s grave represents even those who would lose life in the future while defending country sovereignty. Besides, Maj. Gen. Fred Gisa Rwigema was the commander in chief of the liberation struggle. He initiated the struggle to liberate the nation and he was killed two days later.
    The Imena Category encompasses heroes such as King III Rudahigwa, former Prime Minister Agathe Uwiringiyimana, Rwagasana Michel, Niyitegeka Félicité and Nyange School students. The king is renowned for a number of achievements including championing equality among Rwandans, initiating a Scholarship Fund for Rwandans to be able to study abroad, to mention but a few. Rwagasana Michel is known for his bravery to categorically refuse to abide by hate ideology which was ravaging the nation by then. He was killed due to his oneness spirit. The Former Prime Minister Agathe Uwiringiyimana is well known for her determination to defend the truth and fight injustice. Niyitegeka Félicité is said to have refused to abandon Tutsi who were being hunted down; instead she resolved to stay by their side and find for them a living and pray for them. She was killed because of her spirit of treating Rwandans alike. Nyange School students refused to heed the orders of the interahamwe militias who had invaded their school and six of them were killed on that fateful night.
    The function ended in a question and answer session. All question met the satisfaction of the audience who could be seen nodding their heads.
    It should be noted that the National heroes Day is celebrated annually on 1st February to remember men and women, alive or dead but who were/are characterized by pursuing their objectives to obtain a special achievement for the public interest and with high proven integrity, sacrifice and noble courage in very trying situations.

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    ULK Debaters win Debate Mate Rwanda 2018

    Debate Mate is a unique, international educational charity dedicated to improving social mobility using cost-effective peer-to-peer debate mentoring based in the United Kingdom. It uses the brightest university students to run after-school debate clubs in areas of high child poverty across the world; Over the last nine years, they have successfully taught over 25,000 young people to debate in the UK, USA, Jamaica, Nepal, Dubai, Doha, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, China, Japan, Korea and Israel.It provides young people with the skills they need to become exceptional young leaders – confidence, interpersonal communication skills and higher order thinking.

    This summer from 30thJuly 2018 to 03rd august 2018 the Debate Mate Program was back in Kigali. It consisted of three days of training from Monday 30thJuly to Wednesday 02nd august and it was followed by a final competition on Thursday 03rd August at the University of Rwanda ,College of Medicine and Health Sciences (former KHI), Nyarugenge Campus.

    The program was delivered by top Debate Mate Coaches from top international universities, including Yale University, the London School of Economics, University College London, the University of Liverpool and many more. The program aimed at developing the following skills: confident communication, spoken English, leadership, critical thinking, team work, as well as improving academic ability.

    This program was attended by different Rwandan universities including Kigali Independent University ULK. The latter was represented by three debaters namely; SHYAKA Jesse Rayson, NISHIMWE Ariane Douce and Uwera Ruth. Furthermore the teams of the first two students managed to get to the finals and won the competition; immediately becoming the Debate Mate Rwanda 2018 Champions thus an honor to ULK.

    After the competition, ULK’s Students taking pictures with the trophy they won for and enjoying the victory after many enthusiasic and hot rounds of debates.




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    On 1st November  2018, ULK/Gisenyi Campus students had a great privilege to be briefed on the role of the Rwandan youth in the fight against genocide ideology, by Mr. Claver GATABAZI, in Charge of Education and Genocide Prevention Programmes in CNLG.


    Upon the presenter’s arrival in the campus’s conference hall, there was a great number of students who had been eagerly waiting to hear from him. To get the ball rolling, the senior most of the campus, Lawyer ISHEMA Pierre, Academic Director, introduced the guest to the audience, revealed the theme of his presentation and eventually bade everyone in attendance to be all ears on grounds of the relevancy of the theme of the presentation.

    “Today, our campus is honoured to host a commissioner from CNLG who has come to brief you, as intellectual youth,  on the role you have to play in fighting against genocide ideology. You will all agree with me that the topic of today’s conference is of paramount importance since you need to know how you should partake in that fight to build Rwanda free of genocide and the like”, he was quoted saying.

    In his introductory word, the presenter highlighted that the fight against genocide ideology is not exclusively the apanage of CNLG or just the government of Rwanda. Every Rwandan citizen, particularly the youth,  must join the fight instead.

    It followed that the presenter told the audience that for the youth to effectively get involved in the fight against genocide ideology, there are a number of requirements;  patriotism, heroism, knowing the history of one’s country, just to mention but a few.

    “In principle, there is a set of values that should characterize you so as to ascertain you are effectively involved in the fight against genocide ideology. Such values include among others patriotic and heroic spirit, awareness of the history of your country, altruism, and many more values”, he told the gathering.

    The presenter went on to emphasize why the youth ought to know the history of Rwanda if they really want to engage in the fight against  genocide ideology.

    “As a matter of fact, you should take time to read or inquire about the history of Rwanda so that you can get to know past drastic events that marked your country over the years. Considering the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, history will unequivocally show you how that genocide draws its root in the past, where the Tutsi were marginalized, discriminated and nullified.  History will hence show you that the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994 was not an abrupt event, but rather a well planned event (…)”, he said.

    Everything considered, he called upon the gathering to fight the people who deny the genocide perpetrated  against the Tutsi by all means, use of social medias among others. Still there, he bade the gathering to take time to educate local people and resist anyone who dares disseminate separative ideology among people.

    The conference climaxed with a question-answer session during which various questions related to the theme of the presentation were asked and answered satisfactorily.














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    GATABAZI urges ULK staff and students to fight genocide ideology


    On 25 October 2018, GATABAZI Claver, the Officer in Charge of Education and Genocide Prevention Programs in CNLG, addressed ULK staff and students on the role of the youth in fighting the genocide ideology.

    The event was graced by, among other participants, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel and MBONIGABA Théoneste, the Head of Students’ Affairs and Customer Care.


    In his welcome note, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, thanked the messenger from CNLG for having dedicated his dear time to addressing ULK community and then he requested the gathering to lend him ears.

    “I’d like to thank GATABAZI for having come to talk to us on such a topic of great importance. I therefore wish to request you to lend him your ears since the topic he is going to talk about is of great significance, and as you know with the genocide ideology, the future can’t be promising”, he told the participants.

    In his message to the eager participants, GATABAZI gave the historical background of divisionism and hatred among Rwandans. As he said, divisionism and hatred go back to the arrival of colonial masters who settled in the country and sought ways to uninterruptedly lead Rwandans; hence they found divisionism and hatred the catalysts towards that aspiration.

    “The unity of Rwandans suffered a lot upon the arrival of white colonialists. When they arrived, Rwandans were enjoying the spirit of brotherhood among themselves but this bond of brotherhood got broken as a result of the colonialists who introduced teachings that Rwandans weren’t originally the same and thus they shouldn’t stick themselves together for a shared future”, he said.

    This mindset would ignite ire among Hutu population who would start hunting down Tutsis from 1959 by forcing many of them to leave their homes and exile to the neighboring countries. The hatred leapfrogged until 1994 when the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi claimed more than one million lives”, he added.

    GATABAZI also told the participants ten (10) stages of genocide, namely; classification, symbolization, discrimination, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, persecution, extermination and denial. As he said, these stages can be found in all genocides which have so far been recognized by the United Nations.

    Besides, GATABAZI assigned the participants especially the youth to stand tall and ready to fight the revisionism and denial of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi as there are some fugitives who are yet to be brought to book and they are currently doing all in their power to confuse the world that no genocide took place in Rwanda, while others try to trivialize the genocide.

    Towards the end of the function, the floor was opened to the attendees so as to ask questions or echo their comments. Many questions were asked in this session and answers were satisfactorily given.

    It should be noted that CNLG is the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide.



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    Former ULK student and EAC Youth Ambassador to Rwanda, tips ULK Debaters

    On 15th October 2018, Peace NDEKEZI, former ULK student in the Department of International Relations, addressed ULK Debaters to tip them on how to speak in public and think critically.

    Her visit followed an invitation from the Debate Club committee members who requested her to come and brief the members of the Club as a former EAC Youth Ambassador to Rwanda, a position she held after her exceptional debate skills showcased during the EAC Debate Championship hosted by Kenya in 2015.

    Before handing the microphone to the guest of honor, Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, the Head of the Center of Languages at Kigali Independent University ULK, thanked NDEKEZI for her time reserved for addressing the debaters. He also requested the debaters to be all eyes and all ears so as to learn from the speaker’s experience as far as the world of debate and public speaking is concerned.

    “We’re very much honored to be with Peace NDEKEZI, one of the students who have so far made our institution and country proud. As a former EAC Youth Ambassador, we believe she will inspire us on how to debate effectively. I therefore request all of you to listen intelligently and learn a lot from her”, he said.

    Echoing how the idea to invite NDEKLEZI stemmed out their minds, SHYAKA Jesse Rayson, one of the brains behind the celebrity’s invitation, said that they met Peace NDEKEZI in one event that was taking place in Kigali and they requested her to come and share her experience with the debaters with the intention being to inspire them.

    In her message, Peace NDEKEZI narrated how her success was not a result of random. It is something she prepared and sweated for. As she said, she could barely form a meaningful sentence in English when she embarked on her academic project at ULK. However, her spirit of knowing what she wanted, pushed her to read a lot, listen to different radio and TV programs in English as well as interacting with many people in English. With this initiative, her level of proficiency in English leapfrogged to the extent that the university entrusted confidence in her to represent it in various debate competitions until she was crowned East African Youth Ambassador to Rwanda after emerging one of the best debaters in the competition which was taking place in Kenya in 2015.

    “Not all was a bed of roses when I started my university studies. I couldn’t easily form a sentence in English. Then, I determined myself to be reading English books, listen to broadcasts in English and interact with people in English. This initiative helped me considerably until I was declared EAC Youth Ambassador to Rwanda,” she proudly said.

    NDEKEZI urged the debaters to be focused and never allow anyone to discourage them as some will laugh at them whenever they commit grammatical mistakes but this should not deter them from keeping the momentum as the future belongs to those who never give up.

    “Speak and accept to be laughed at. There are some people who always laugh at others because of communication problems. Let them laugh and continue practicing your language skills until you reach the level of perfection where you will be amazing whoever listens to you”, she advised them.

    Questions were asked at the end of the function and everyone marveled at the way NDEKEZI speaks and answers questions.