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    THE CLOSE OF INDUCTION WEEK AT ULK GISENYI CAMPUS  

    This was an event full of enthusiasm when the induction week got closed this Friday on 11th October, 2019 as it had been going on since 7th October, 2019. This colorful event was held in the main hall of ULK Gisenyi campus.  This week has been characterized by a number of activities which include signing performance contracts, testimonies from new students especially foreigners, and various remarks by important personalities.

    Itorero was re-introduced to revamp the culture of Rwandans.

    It was an event which was attended by students and staff members among others ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, KARARA Alexis, the Director of Administration and Finance, Heads of Departments and lectures. Throughout this week again, the campus was privileged to welcome different speakers including Umutahira(leader) representing itorero in Ruvavu District. His presence made the event colorful as he briefed participants especially freshers students on different realities pertaining to itorero (cultural school). As he said, “Itorero was re-introduced to revamp the culture of Rwandans which was at stake with some people behaving unethically”.

    In the middle, ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, his right, KARARA Alexis, the Director of Administration and Finance, his left, ISHIMWE Pacifique umutahira (students leader)    

    In his speech, Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, thanked all the present participants for their vows and courage displayed throughout the whole week. He reminded the audience that the induction week is a program carried out at national level, where all universities operating in Rwanda are obviously required   to apply principles, philosophy, and national values which help all citizens to be fairly integrated in Rwandan community.

    He provided further explanations by saying that the induction week brings together ongoing students with fresher students whereby the latter get to know more about the institution through the explanations they get from their colleagues in the upper classes. By concluding his remarks, Director of Academic affairs, said that all students ought to know and practice principles, philosophy and ULK values and that ULK is an institution that academically strives for students’ excellence. Therefore, students will never be disappointed at all”.

     Mr.ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs at ULK Gisenyi Campus.

    All students were extremely happy due to the fact that they were rejoicing for the benefits got from the induction week, they started the function with the highest enthusiasm by singing hymns praising the nation and practicing parade.

    Students were carrying out the parade

    In their pledges, students of ULK Gisenyi campus vowed in front of the congregation that they will fight against genocide, and embrace the culture of saving which will be helping them to save the little money they would afford in Oder to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired from the speakers who addressed them during the induction week.

    ISHIMWE Pacifique umutahira w’intore (students leader) was pledging different vows.  

    The function ended in praying and having a reminiscence photo.

     Reminiscence photograph of Abatahira (leaders) and Intagamburuzwa of ULK.

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    THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED AT ULK

     

    Today, 7th October 2019, Prof. Dr. KALISA Mbanda, the Chancellor of ULK officially launched the new academic year, 2019-2020. It is an event that took place in the stadium of the aforementioned university.

     

    Those who graced the event include Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda , Founder and President of ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvestre , Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute, ULK teaching staff and students, to mention but a few.

    It was a coincidence of the launch of the new academic year and the induction week through which fresher students will be fully integrated into the campus community. The induction week brings together ongoing students with fresher students whereby the latter get to know more about the institution through the explanations they get from their elder brothers and sisters in the upper classes.

    In his official opening remarks, the Chancellor of ULK, Prof. Dr. KALISA Mbanda, stressed the importance of being endowed with positive thoughts as students.

    “As students, you need to have positive thoughts so as to embrace the goals you aspire to achieve. Always believe that things are possible and work together to be able to achieve your dreams”, he advised the students.

    Every year, a stream of students from across the world jets into the country for their education at ULK. This new academic year counts students from 25 nationalities as disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of ULK while he was delivering his welcome remarks.

     

    “ULK is undoubtedly a multinational academic institution. Currently, we have fresher students who have joined us from 25 countries and this justifies the quality of education we provide our students with”, he proudly told the gathering.

    As both Kigali Independent University ULK and ULK Polytechnic Institute were welcoming their students, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute, Dr. KARAMBIBZI Sylvestre, could not mince his words on such a great day.  In his welcome remarks, Dr. KARAMBIZI told the attendees that ULK Polytechnic Institute has been doing well since its inception and its graduates never go jobless.

     

    “If I tell you that none of our graduates worries about jobs after graduating from our Polytechnic Institute, take it as something established beyond doubt. Our students find it a piece of cake to create jobs when they join the marketplace and this is due to the unquestionable skills and knowledge they milk from this academic institution”, he said.

    On a day like this, students especially fresher ones, get pieces of advice on how to effectively chase their academic dreams as they embark on their academic project. In this perspective, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, corroborated what the previous speakers had said and he advised fresher students to first of all understand the culture of the institution they have joined for their tertiary education.

    “The induction week we’ve coincidentally launched today is there to introduce you to the culture of the institution so that you may be conversant with everything the institution does. To effectively become students of high quality, you will need to attend class regularly, revise your notes on a regular basis, work in groups, master English language and ICT skills…” he tipped the students.

    Talking about the role of lecturers in enhancing the quality of education, he said that the number of highly qualified teaching staff is needed but that is not enough if the lecturers do not publish.

     

    “Capacity building through the increment of the number of PhD holders is the right way to go. However, that can’t yield huge results if lecturers don’t publish. We always tell our lecturers that one should either publish or perish, and the choice is in their hands”, he underscored.

    A group photo marked the end of the function.

     

     

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    GISENYI DISTRICT HOSPITAL BRIEFED ULK GISENYI CAMPUS COMMUNITY ON EBOLA PREVENTION

    On 23rd July 2019, Lt Col. Dr.KANYANKORE Williams, Director of Gisenyi District Hospital, addressed the entire ULK Gisenyi Community on what Ebola is all about and mechanisms towards its prevention.

    It was an event which was attended by students and staff members among others ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, KARARA Alexis, the Director of Administration and Finance, Heads of Departments, to mention but a few.

    In his welcome remarks, Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, thanked the management of Gisenyi Hospital and the speaker for having accepted the invitation to deliver a lecture on Ebola epidemic disease. He then requested the audience to be all eyes and ears for effective internalization of the speaker’s message.

    Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, ULK Gisenyi Campus

    At the very start Mr. RUHUMULIZA Gaspard, the moderator of the event, invited the Head of Department of Law, Mr. KAMALI Jean Damascèneto lead the participants in a word of prayer after which the Director of Academic Affairs delivered hiswelcome note.

    Mr. RUHUMULIZA Gaspard, the Moderator of the event

    Given the floor, Lt. Col. Dr. KANYANKORE William kick-started his talk with the historical background of Ebola whereby he made it clear that Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in the former Zaire (currently DR-Congo).

    The speaker pointed out that countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan are at a higher risk of being affected by the disease as they neighbor the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Besides, the speaker highlighted possible causes leading to the contamination of Ebola such as eating dead animals including primates, body contact with a contaminated person’s secretion or sweats, touching tools used by the contaminated person or his equipment, name it.

    In the same perspective, the speaker mentioned some of the symptoms found on Ebola patients. They include high fever, headaches, stomachaches, physical weakness, vomiting and diarrhea, and bleeding the entire body.

    “So far, there is no effective cure of Ebola despite the existence of four different drugs undergoing trial. That is why we would like to urge you and the rest of the residents to remain cautious so as to avoid contracting the disease”, he told the gathering.

    Lt. Col. Dr. KANYANKORE also talked about Rwanda’s preparedness towards combating the disease. As he said, Rwanda has put in place the infrastructure that deals in combating the disease. The infrastructure includes a fever testing camera with the capacity of testing fifty persons in a mere second. Also, all districts neighboring DR Congo were equipped with hands washing points where passersby wash their hands. Apart from this, an Ebola Treatment Zone (Red Zone) has been established in Rugerero Sector of Rubavu District to take care of whoever will be suspected to have contracted the disease.   Special beds have also been availed to properly respond to the needs of whoever is infected. There is also a toll free line (114) that people can call whenever an Ebola case is suspected.

    Lt. Col. Dr KANYANKORE Williams addressing the audience

    Similarly, the medical staff has been vaccinated to make sure they don’t contract the disease easily while trying to save lives.

    The speaker’s talk climaxed in a call he made to all those in the room to always declare themselves if they think they have come across an infected person or once they find some of the aforementioned symptoms. He also requested the participants not to shake hands as this is one of the ways that spread the disease at a faster pace.

    At the end of the function, questions from the audience were raised and they all met satisfactory answers.

    One of the participants asking a question

    In his closing remarks, the Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, thanked the speaker for his timely message and then he requested him to advocate for the campus so that a nurse can be sent to be providing Ebola testing services on the campus on a daily basis. He also requested Ebola vaccination services for the whole campus community.

    The campus events hall was full to its capacity

     

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    ULK DEBATE CLUB WINS EPRN INTER-UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIP

    On 28th June 2019, the entire ULK community was in a frenzy after their Debate Team had won the EPRN Inter-University Debate Championship organized by EPRN in conjunction with Aspire Debate Rwanda. It was a competition that had brought together different universities operating in Rwanda. After the preliminary and semi-final stages, two teams, namely Kigali Independent University Debate Club and Mount Kenya Debate Club made it to the finals.

    Debating on the ULK side were NISHIMWE Ariane Douce, SHYAKA Jesse Rayson, and KABANDA Erica.

    At the final stage, the two teams were given a motion which goes, “This House believes that the Benefits of AfCFTA Outweigh the Costs.” Like any other professional debate competition proceeds, a free toss was made to determine the proposition and opposition side. This saw ULK Debate Club opposing the motion while Mount Kenya Debate Club proposed it.

    In a World Schools Debate Format, every debater was given five minutes to address the house with the reply speech from either side lasting for two minutes.

    Although Mount Kenya Debaters were the favorites as people who were proposing an initiative of African countries, they lavished their chances through failure to provide convincing facts and sometimes contradicting themselves. Upon realizing this, ULK Debaters attacked from the weaknesses of their opponents to thrash them before being crowned the champions.

    David Niyonsaba who was representing EPRN at the competition thanked all the universities which took part in the competition and told everyone that what matters in debate competitions is not the win over an opponent but instead it is the lessons participants learn. He also thanked the management of Kigali Independent University ULK for having accepted to host the competition.

    “I’d like to thank you all for having honored our invitation to take part in this competition. In the same perspective, I’d like to thank the management of Kigali Independent University for having accepted to host this event. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful reception and we’d love to keep cooperating with this great academic institution”, he told the participants.

    “Before becoming a debate judge, I was also a debater like you debating for my university. Whenever I went to debate, I always had in mind that lessons learned outweighed the win. Therefore, whenever you go for a competition, you should be proud of the lessons you learn from it other than the win over your opponent”, he added.

     

    Speaking on behalf of Kigali Independent University ULK, Mr. Jean Baptiste Manirakiza, the Director of the Language Center, thanked the organizers and participating universities for bringing the great competition at ULK. He also pledged that ULK will continue to cordially work with other academic institutions for mutual benefits.

    “On behalf of the management of this university, I’d like to thank EPRN and ADR for having entrusted confidence in us to host this great competition. Similarly, I’d like to thank the participating universities for their time spent at our institution as this a testament that our relationship with them is cordial and we will maintain this relationship for mutual benefits”, he said.

    It should be noted that the last three teams were awarded cash prizes.

     

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    ULK STUDENTS BRIEFED ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

     

    On 27th June 2019, Kigali Independent University hosted a talk on human trafficking delivered by Florence Boivin and Dr. Denis Roumestan both Canadian nationals. Both are human rights activists who believed in the spirit that human beings should enjoy their lives with no one mistreating them. Florence and Dr. Devis are married and they have been working hand in hand to raise the awareness of the ills committed against humanity so that appropriate actions can be taken to stop the evils. Dr. Devis is a long serving lawyer who has been serving as an attorney for more than 40 years.

    As usual, visitors are welcomed before delivering their message. It is in this respect that Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK welcomed them and said that their talk comes timely as it will help the students to know tricks used by traffickers to lure their victims.

     

    Shortly after the welcome remarks, Florence Boivin was handed the microphone to deliver her message. As she said, human trafficking is a crime against humanity which is close to torture whereby the traffickers pledge juicy things to easily win their victims’ hearts. She also made it clear that there are three main types of human trafficking; namely, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and organ trafficking. With sex trafficking, the traffickers sell the victim to be sexually exploited. Labor trafficking, the victim is sold to work for some individuals without being recognized for the efforts she/he spends, while organ trafficking is about selling the victims for removing their body organs such as kidneys and give them to other people for money.

    “Pimps are people who buy girls and women to use them in sexual exploitation business and they have all the rights of the victims in their hands. All the victims’ have to do is to please the perverts who come for sexual pleasure. Failure to please the client may lead to the victim’s death”, she said.

    Florence said that 80% of human trafficking is at home. This means that people in different homes are playing a pivotal role in making this crime more rampant.

    “This crime has reached the level whereby some parents sell their own children to the traffickers. These parents are promised that their children will be given nice jobs in some factories but sometimes these parents receive disheartening news about their children’s death. When the child dies of torture, excessive sexual exploitation and the like, the traffickers will tell the family that the child succumbed to a disease or any other circumstance but not their mistreatment”, she told the participants.

    Corroborating Florence, Dr. Devis focused on the legal actions taken against human trafficking. As he said there are some legal texts, treaties used to fight human trafficking. He cited the Rwandan Law no. 514/2018/ of 13th August 2018 dealing with human trafficking. He quoted articles 5 and 24 of the same Law with the former urging any person with information on possible human trafficking incidents to alert competent authorities or government organs such as the police. And the latter describes the punishment handed to whoever is proven guilty of human trafficking.

    In their conclusion, the speakers urged the participants to always be good whistleblowers and inform the police or competent authorities of possible human trafficking cases. They also urged ULK students to launch an Anti-Human Trafficking Club to raise the voice against this evil.

    At the end of the function, questions were asked and answered satisfactorily before the Vice Chancellor thanked the speakers for their important talk.

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    Café littéraire

    Rwanda as a country that was hit by the most inconceivable pogroms of the 20th Century needs a number of steps and measures to effectively heal from the wounds of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994. Of course, Rwanda set a vision to fast-track its socio-economic development and as studies reveal, the progress so far made is promising. One of the measures put in place to heal faster and keep chasing the development goals is telling the truth about the genocide, the history as it really happened. It is in this framework that on 20th June 2019 the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) organized a lecture on Rwanda’s history, specifically the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. The lecture was hosted by Kigali Independent University ULK/ Kigali Campus and it was delivered by Archbishop Jean NDORIMANA.

    Upon the arrival of the speaker with the team he was heading, Dr. BINENWA Jean Bosco, Lecturer at Kigali Independent University ULK, welcomed them and introduced them to the participants who had thronged the conference room to its capacity.

    Shortly after the welcome note, NDORIMANA grabbed the microphone to deliver his message. As he said, the lecture was in line with the annual program organized by CNLG to brief members of the human family on genocide. As he said, the program is commonly known as “Café littéraire”. It is a program whereby a number of books are presented to an audience with one of them being the subject of discussion.

    “We’ve come here on behalf of the National Commission for the Fight against genocide to brief you on genocide, its effects, and its prevention. This is in line with the annual CNLG program known as Café Littéraire and we will be able to discuss one of the books here”, he told the predominantly youthful audience.

    The book that was selected is trilingual and it is entitled “The Genocide against the Tutsi compared to the Genocide of the Jews and the Armenians.”  This is a book that discusses the comparison between the three genocides as mentioned in the title of the book. As the speaker and author said, genocides have similarities. For example, the period before the execution of the genocide against the Jews was marked with hate speeches whereby Hitler, the leading architect of this genocide, said in his book, ‘Mein Kampf’ that Jews were behind the humiliation Germany suffered in the World War I., Of course, these were false and groundless allegations. He also said that Jews were a bad human race that did not deserve to live. On the other hand, he praised Germans that they were superior to any other race. The same happened in Rwanda where people like Hassan NGEZE and GITERA disseminated Ten Commandments of the Hutus. The commandments described Hutus as good while Tutsis were enemies and bad.

    The speaker gave many other similarities between the three genocides and his talk was highly appreciated as when he opened the floor for questions, a stream of attendees lined up for questions.

    In his conclusion, Archbishop Jean NDORIMANA called upon the participants especially the youth to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and fight the genocide ideology wherever it might be because it is this ideology that simmers hatred, divisionism and other heinous acts which lead to genocide. He also said that with efforts being made, there is hope that the future of Rwanda is promising and no genocide will happen again.

     

     

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    ULK HOSTS A DEBATE COMPETITION

     

    On 13th June 2019, Kigali Independent University ULK hosted a debate competition organized by Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) in conjunction with Aspire Debate Rwanda (ADR). The debate brought together six Universities operating within the City of Kigali namely KIM University, Adventist University of Central Africa, Kepler University, UNILAK, Mount Kenya University Rwanda and the University of Kigali.

    Officiating at the opening of the competition, Dr. LUBWAMA Joseph Ntege, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK thanked the organizers of the competition for having chosen ULK to host it. He also thanked all participating institutions before saying that a brighter future is not possible without people who think critically.

    “I’d like to thank EPRN and ADR for their decision to bring this great event here at our campus. ULK is renowned for its hospitality and good infrastructure that makes it the right place for hosting events like this. I’d also like to thank the debaters who have come along to give meaning to this competition. Indeed, debates aim at training people to speak confidently and think critically something without which there is no brighter future for our nations”, he told the gathering.

    While throwing some light on what Aspire Debate Rwanda is all about, David Ntambiye, the Executive Director of ADR said that the organization he heads was established to promote public speaking through debate education and other forms of public speeches. It also empowers youth on leadership and communication skills to nurture their critical thinking. He added that ADR believes in partnering with different institutions to better embrace its preset goals.

    “The establishment of Aspire Debate Rwanda came into force after realizing that there was a big gap in communication skills especially when it comes to speaking in public with confidence and thinking critically. We, therefore, thought about introducing an organization that will be training and tipping people especially the youth on public speaking skills and critical thinking. To achieve these objectives, we found it worthwhile to work closely with other institutions like ULK, EPRN and many others because alone we couldn’t get where we desired to be”, he expounded.

    Representing EPRN at the function was Niyonsaba David, Representative of Students Chapter who said that EPRN aims at equipping young people especially the youth with knowledge and skills of conducting research as well as enabling to showcase their research skills through public speaking.

    The participating universities were represented by three debaters each whereby all of them locked horns in three rounds before making it to the semi-finals and finals which will be held in a few days ahead. The debate clash rotated around three motions, notably “This House Believes that the Government Should Establish the Minimum Wage Policy”, This House Believes that the Benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area outweigh the costs” and “This House Believes that the Government Should Give Four Year Grace period to SMEs.”

    Kigali Independent University ULK was represented by three debaters namely NISHIMWE Ariane Douce, SHYAKA Jesse Rayson, and KABANDA Erica.

    It should be noted that ULK debaters were declared winners of the three rounds they participated in. With this, there is a glimmer of hope that the semi-finals and even finals will be for them a walk in the park.

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    ULK AWARDS BEST STAFF MEMBERS

    On 01/05./2019, the ULK entire staff gathered in a conference hall to celebrate the International Workers’ Day. In the same event, the best performers who showcased outstanding realizations over the previous academic year were awarded.

    The event attracted all employees of Kigali Independent University ULK, those serving ULK Polytechnic Institute and those at the ULK Business wing, SOCOBA.

    In his welcome remarks, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice Chancellor of ULK who spoke on behalf of the university management said that celebrating Labor Day is something that ULK has been doing for quite some years and it is a day that enables the staff members to evaluate themselves and see some areas that need improvement.

    “We gather together every year to celebrate Labor Day. This is something ULK cherishes as we recognize the unwavering contribution of our employees. Indeed, this is an event that reminds us that we should rejoice while bearing in mind that the loopholes found in our duties have to be covered so as to better propel the mandate of this institution”, he told the participants.

    Before awarding the overall best performers, the Director of Administration and Finance, Mr. NSENGIYUMVA Jacques, told the employees that ULK employees are generally best but among the best, there are always the best. To this, he requested those whose names were not to be mentioned for awards to take it easy as awards are limited and can’t be given to everybody.

    “ULK employees are believed to be the best workers. That is why you have continued to enjoy your monthly payments. You can’t be cheating the institution and remain on the payroll. Therefore, you have all been completing your assignments exceptionally though when it comes to awarding, only the best of the best walk away with prizes”, he told his fellow employees.

    Corroborating what the Director of Administration and Finance had said, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, said that ULK is one of the institutions which never register arrears when it comes to paying employees. He then requested the employees to keep fulfilling their duties decently without waiting for someone to remind them.

    “ULK is among the few institutions which release their employees’ salary every month without registering any delay. You have always been receiving your salary every month and I have never seen anyone complaining about salary delay. It is against this background that I’d like to urge you to keep doing what you are supposed to do and do it timely and willfully if you really wish to enjoy a good working environment”, he advised the participants.

    After awarding the overall best performers, the participants proceeded with a conviviality which was full of eats and soft drinks.