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    TRAINING ON TELECOMMUNICATION CONCLUDED IN STYLE

    On 21st May 2018, Prof. Dr Volkmar Brückner concluded his training which had been going on since a number of weeks ago. The last session of his training mainly focused on briefing students on what telecommunication is all about.

    Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner

    Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner

    Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner is a German national who specialized in the field of telecommunication, and he is a member of SES (Senior Expert Service).
    The presence of this expert at ULK Polytechnic was in line with the MoUs this institute has signed with some Germany academic institutions which enable both sides to collaborate academically. In this perspective, Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner has been training ULK Polytechnic instructors so that in return they would also train their students with complete and unquestionable skills.
    Using a well prepared PowerPoint presentation, Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner showed how various electronic devices work. At this point, he left the audience looking in awe when he revealed the wonders behind the functioning of radios, televisions, telephones and many other electronic devices.

    Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner

    Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner

    Actually, many people with little or no knowledge of telecommunication think that sending messages using electronic devices is a walk in the park yet it passes through numerous ways for the message to be fully transmitted.
    Along his presentation, the speaker warned the students to pay much attention to information shared using internet as such information may be stolen or used by unauthorized people.
    “You should learn more about cryptology to better know how hacking is done for its prevention. Again, you need to be careful when you’re texting your friends or posting information on social media because it might be hacked. Hackers are always there waiting for what to hack. So pay heed in whatever you write”, he cautioned the students.
    Since Prof. Dr. Volkmar Brückner wowed many participants through his presentation, a stream of participants expressed their desire to ask questions when the floor was opened to them for this particular purpose. It was after satisfactorily attending to each and every question that the function came to a close.
    Asked about the benefits got from the training, Mr. Patrick KAYIJAMAHE, the Head of Department in ULK Polytechnic, said that numerous benefits have been registered.
    “Yes, we benefited a lot from the training because the training was mainly meant for instructors who would in return train our students. Therefore, we can say that this training yielded huge benefits as we expect these instructors to share the unfathomable skills got from the training by sharpening our students’ minds”, he proudly said.
    As this academician gets ready to fly back to his home country, there is hope that many others will continue to jet into the country for sharpening the minds of instructors and students in ULK Polytechnic because capacity building is an endless process.
    One would therefore salute the initiative by the management of ULK Polytechnic which never ceases to think about what could take the institution to another level. Indeed, it is this visionary leadership and pro-students initiative that makes students live to see their academic dreams coming true.

     

     

     

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    ULK DEBATERS SHINE IN A DEBATE ON EAC INTEGRATION PROCESS

    If the East African Community (EAC) is to live to see its dreams of having full integration come true, there is need for the youth to play a role. There is no way achievements can be made without taking into consideration the contribution of the youth since the latter are the pillars on which the future is built. It is in this spirit that EAC through its Youth Ambassadorship wing organized a debate for university students from across Rwanda to echo their views on EAC harmonization policies. The event was hosted by Kigali Independent University ULK on 10th May, 2018.

    In his welcome remarks, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, thanked the organizers of the event for having thought about ULK to host an event of such a great importance. He also called upon the youth to do their best to benefit from the opportunities within EAC bloc.

    “I’m delighted to be part of this event, and I’d like to thank East African Community for having organized this event and specifically the fact that they chose ULK to host it. I’d therefore request young people to make use of the opportunities found in EAC to better uplift themselves while contributing the advancement of their motherland”, he told the youthful participants.

    Also in attendance were Mr. David Michael Onen, Head of Political Affairs in the EAC Secretariat, Mr. Oswald Nyakana(who was also the Chief Guest), Officer in charge of Education, Culture, and Sports in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation , Mr. William Furaha, SPU Coordinator in the Ministry of Youth, Mr. Jean Baptiste Manirakiza, Director of the Language Center at ULK, Mr. David Ntambiye , the Executive Director of Aspire Debate Rwanda, to mention but a few.

    In his statement, Mr. William Furaha, SPU Coordinator in the Ministry of Youth, put it that there are projects that the Ministry of Youth has put in place and some it is still working on to enable young people to position themselves in this competitive world. He mentioned for example the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps which aims at calling upon young African people to voluntarily engage into services within a given period and acquire experience which might in one way or another earn them jobs.

    “At the ministry of youth, we do everything possible to ensure that our young people are enabled to benefit from a number of opportunities that might be found in EAC or on the African continent as a whole. For example there is a program of AU which encourages the youth to take part in volunteer services and we sensitize our young people to join since it may bring them lots of benefits”, he told the gathering.

    The motion on which the debaters gave their points was, “this house believes that harmonization of regional economy will boost countries’ individual economies”. It is a motion that both the proposition side and the opposition side proved to have searched. They could provide convincing facts and statistics to prove that they really understand what harmonization is all about. Good to say, ULK debaters, Shyaka Jesse Rayson and Nishimwe Ariane , outshone to the extent that they left the participants looking in awe.

    The Chief Guest, Mr. Oswald Nyakana, Officer in charge of Education, Culture, and Sports in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, thanked the debaters and reiterated that the knowledge of what EAC is all about leads to countless opportunities including scholarships.

    “I’d like to thank the debaters for the outstanding debating skills they’ve showcased to us. They’re undoubtedly good debaters and they’ve proven to better understand EAC harmonization policies. Indeed, EAC and Africa at large are home to a number of scholarships that are awarded to ,among other beneficiaries, Rwandan youth, through the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. It’s up to the youth to always remain on alert and apply once scholarships opportunities open up”, he told the participants.

    It is the award giving exercise along with a group photo which marked the end of the function.

     

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    KWIBUKA 24: ULK KIGALI REMEMBERS

    Every year Rwandans commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This is a noble activity that covers 100 days starting from April, a month in which the genocide kick-started. It is in the same perspective that on 2nd May 2018, Kigali independent University ULK organized a walk to remember to pay tribute to the genocide victims.

     

     

    The walk to remember started from ULK Campus to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi Sector. Upon their arrival at the memorial site, the staff and students of Kigali Independent University ULK were warmly welcomed at the memorial site; and thereafter they laid wreaths of flowers on the graves in which the remains of the victims are laid to rest.

    Since the visit to the memorial aims at, among other objectives, learning lessons from what happened, the visitors were shown around the museum and the archive library to better have a clear image of how the genocide against the Tutsi was carried out.

    In the museum, the visitors were shown the history of Rwanda before, during and after colonization. As it was shown, the period before the arrival of colonizers was a period in which the spirit of brotherhood prevailed. Rwandans could help one another and defend their nation together with no divisionism whatsoever.

    However, when the colonizers entered the country in the 19th century, things got worse as the colonizers started issuing identity cards bearing people’s ethnic backgrounds (Hutu, Tutsi and Twa) , and this instigated more hate and divisionism among Rwandans as they could no longer see themselves as Rwandans in the first place.

    Besides, the museum and the archive library show the tools that were used in the genocide such as guns, clubs, knives, machetes to mention but a few. Also, some of the clothes the victims had on are displayed in the museum to stand as facts for the deniers and revisionists who tend to distort what happened in Rwanda during the genocide.

    Before leaving the memorial site, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, who was leading the visitors, reiterated that genocide is a serious crime against humanity and it should be fought to prevent further atrocities from happening again.

    “Genocide is a serious crime. It’s sad to see that many people who would contribute to the national development were mercilessly killed. We should always do everything in our power to fight the genocide ideology so that what happened may not happen again be it in Rwanda or beyond our borders”, said the Vice Chancellor.

     

    The event climaxed in a commemoration night in which the light of hope was lit a sign that the future will be genocide free and it is indeed promising.

    The Chief Guest during the commemoration night was Hon. Prof. Laurent NKUSI, who thanked the management of Kigali Independent University ULK for the way they have continued to organized commemoration events. He also said that Rwandans are now proud to have a country that treats all nationals equally.

    “Long ago Rwandans didn’t have equal opportunities. For example in education, some had to be marginalized. But today, we are proud to be in an all-inclusive country in which education opportunities are for all Rwandans. With this, the number of graduates has tremendously hiked”, he told the gathering.

    It should be noted that the commemoration night attracted many speakers, and all the speakers had in common the idea that genocide should be condemned in the strongest terms. They also thanked the government of Rwanda spearheaded by H.E Paul KAGAME for having continued to champion unity, peace and prosperity among Rwandans.

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    HON. MUHONGAYIRE CHRISTINE URGES THE YOUTH TO FIGHT DIVISIONISM

    The call was made in a meeting that was held at ULK Stadium on 30th April 2018. MP Muhongayire Christine was addressing ULK staff and students on the indicators of the genocide against the Tutsi and the significance of safeguarding its facts.

    Shortly after the word of prayer, said by Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, the Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI, grabbed the microphone to welcome the parliamentarian at Kigali Independent University ULK.

    In his welcome remarks, the Vice Chancellor thanked the MP for having honored the invitation on giving a talk iat Kigali Indepdnt University. He later on requested the audience to be all eyes and ears so as to intelligently get the MP’s message.

    In her statement, MP Muhongayire Christine gave the historical background of hatred in Rwanda whereby she stressed that hatred and divisionism go back in 1959 where numerous Tutsis were forced to leave the country with many others remaining homeless after their houses had been set ablaze. She also put it that such hatred and divisionism culminated into the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

    “The genocide against the Tutsi didn’t happen accidentally. It was prepared, tested, preached and finally implemented in 1994. Back in the day, many Tutsis were evicted from their homes and forced to flee the country in 1959 while those who stayed inside the country withstood unceasing torture and humiliation”, she told the participants.

    Hon. Muhongayire Christine told the gathering that media played a pivotal role in disseminating hatred and divisionism among Rwandans. She illustrated this statement by pointing at the then KANGURA Newspaper in which the so-called 10 commandments of Hutus featured.

    “The role of media in spreading hatred for Tutsis is can’t be questioned. A typical example to this is the then Kangura Newspaper whose Chief Editor was Hassan NGEZE, in which Ten Commandments of Hutus were published. The commandments incited Hutus to hate and marginalize Tutsis because the latter were alleged to be the sole enemies of the nation”, she told the youthful audience”.

    Towards the end of her talk, MP Muhongayire Christine, thanked the then INKOTANYI troops for their bravery that put an end to the genocide.

    “We’re forever thankful to INKOTANYI troops who rescued the Tutsis from the hands of killers. Hadn’t been for their bravery and sacrifice, the situation would have become worse”, she said.

    Before welcoming questions and comments, MP Muhongayire Christine called upon the participants especially the youth to strive for unity, love and the spirit of brotherhood to effectively shape a better tomorrow where divisionism has no room.

     

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    OLIVIER GRANDMAISON ADDRESSES ULK STUDENTS

    Today 26th April 2018, a three man delegation led by Olivier Le Cour Grandmaison visited Kigali Independent University ULK to address its students on total wars, colonization and genocides. Together with Grandmaison were Maylis BOUFFARTIGUE and Jean Luc GALABERT.

     

    The theme of their message was “ Colonisation, guerres totales et genocides” loosely translated as ‘ Colonization, total wars and genocides’.

    As a professor of Political Sciences, Olivier GRANDMAISON, talked about the history of the world in general with the focus being on wars, colonization and genocides. He showed how African countries were colonized and this colonial spirit left some bad repercussions such as divisionism among compatriots.

    The speaker of the day linked colonialism to some of the civil riots that took and still take place in Africa and in some other colonized countries around the globe. He went further to say that fighting for interests was the main reason big powers wanted to keep their supremacy over colonized states.

    When the session drew towards the end, the participants were given the floor to ask questions and all of them were answered to everyone’s satisfaction.

    Good to say, the participants vowed to fight any form of divisionism as the latter brings about

     

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    ULK FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT URGES STAFF AND STUDENTS TO SOLELY USE ENGLISH

    In a meeting with staff and students held on 23rd April 2018, the Founder and President of Kigali Independent University ULK, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda, stressed that only English language must be used on the campus.

     

    Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA

    Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA

    “Our country belongs to a number of English speaking blocs, and to be able to communicate and benefit from the opportunities in those blocs, we need to have a good command of English. You must therefore speak English be it in class or outside so as to be competitive in this world”, he told the participants.

    The Founder and President also reminded the students that the government of Rwanda through its Ministry of Education has resolved that no student shall be allowed to graduate before he/she successfully passes the National English Test.

    “Besides, English language is the medium of instruction not only at our university but also countrywide. You should therefore work hard and know it since there will be a National English Test which will determine whether one is to graduate or not. Whoever fails the test will not be allowed to graduate”, the Founder told the students.

    The Founder and President pledged to add more support to the already existing English Club so that it may effectively help the students to register tremendous strides in the language of William Shakespeare.

    “I’ve requested Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, the Director of CELA, to work on the list of needs which will help to boost the English Club and enable our students to tremendously improve their communication skills in English”, he said.

    In a bid to show how serious the call for solely using English is, Prof. RWIGAMBA Balinda forbade all ULK lecturers not to articulate any single word of Kinyarwanda or Swahili or any other language which is not English while teaching.

    “It’s strictly forbidden for lecturers to use any other language apart from English while teaching. The management in charge of academics should follow this issue up to make sure everyone is heeding this instruction, and this must take immediate effect”, he strongly cautioned.

    It should be noted that the message by the Founder and President was given to both Day Section students and Evening Section students. It is indeed expected to be given to those in the Weekend Program.

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    MONSIEUR MADAME THEATRE TROUPE PERFORMS AT ULK KIGALI

    On 19th April 2018, ULK community was taken through the Holocaust history through a theatrical performance made by Monsieur Madame Theatre Troupe which was composed of a four-man delegation with only two players. The actors were Maylis Bouffartigues and Ntarindwa Diogène, famously known as Atome in the Rwandan Drama.

    At the very start, Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, lecturer at Kigali Independent University ULK, welcomed the visitors and everyone in the room before he called upon Mr. Ntarindwa Diogène for further information on the show.

    As he said, the core message in the play entitled, “L’espèce humaine, loosely translated as humankind, was motivated by the book by Robert Antelme which is entitled L’espèce humaine. The book talks about the way Jews were persecuted and massacred in the Second World War by the Nazis who were led by the then ruthless man Hitler.

    “The play we are going to act out is an inspiration from the book by Robert Antelme who suffered a lot of forms of torture while in the concentration camps in which millions of Jews perished during the Holocaust orchestrated by the notorious Hitler”, he told the participants.

     

    The performance by Atome and Maylis proved their professionalism in the field of drama as they could act out without using microphones while making everyone in the room, which was full to its capacity, get what they were saying. Their emotions could portray the gruesome picture of how the Jews were killed.

    Asked why they decided to act out such a play in the period whereby Rwandans are commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Mr. Atome said that both Jews and Rwandans have some similarities in their history, and the play helps Rwandans to remember vying for fighting such atrocities to never happen again.

    “The Jews underwent hard times when they were targeted to be exterminated by the Nazis under false allegations that they were traitors. The same thing happened to Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 whereby they were targeted to be exterminated. That pushed the UN to officially endorse what happened to both Jews and Tutsi as genocide, and we perform to send a message that such heinous acts shouldn’t happen anymore”, he explained.

    It should be noted that ULK students and staff, who attended the two day performance, appreciated the moral lessons in the play and they were given time to echo their views by asking questions or simply making comments.

     

     

     

     

  • MINISTER OF YOUTH BRIEFS ULK STUDENTS

    On 29th March 2018, the whole community of Kigali Independent University ULK, Kigali Campus, was on top of the world owing to the visit of the Rwanda’s minister of youth, Hon. MBABAZI Rosemary.


    It was an event that was also graced by, among other participants, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda who was with the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel.
    Upon the arrival of the minister and the delegation she was heading, ULK Vice Chancellor, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel took the floor to welcome the guests and recognize everyone in the room. In his welcome remarks, he expressed his appreciation vis-à-vis the minister’s visit and requested the entire ULK community especially the students, to be all ears and keep by heart the minister’s message.
    As the minister having in her remits the young, she briefed the youthful ULK community on the theme dubbed, “The Youth at the Center of Transformation”.
    While addressing the mammoth crowd that had come to attend the event, the minister reiterated that young people are the individuals without whom transformation towards greater strides is impossible.
    “In our country, young people occupy a higher percentage of the total population. This therefore means that their role in the transformation of the nation is critical and they are unquestionably the pillars of development since they are young, speedy and strong. That’s why we can’t talk about transformation while leaving aside the youth”, she told the participants.
    Another important point worth mentioning is that the minister’s talk centered, among other elements, on socio-economic transformation among young people. Talking about economic transformation, she urged young people to roll up sleeves and create businesses that will uplift them economically instead of sitting with their arms folded.
    “Starting a business doesn’t require one to have billions. It’s a matter of having a positive mind and the willingness to start. We have numerous examples of young people out there who started small and eventually grew big in business and they are currently among the leaders of successful projects countrywide”, she told them.

    To better convey her message, the minister had come with Mr. UWIMANA Francis, commonly known as Fireman in the Rwandan music industry. In his testimony, UWIMANA said that he was addicted to drugs but ever since he stopped using them, he has been leading successful and visionary lives. He also requested the students to be focused and avoid any immoral activities that might endanger their lives.


    The event climaxed in the closing remarks by the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda who lauded the minister for her precious time given to ULK community on an important discussion. He also requested young people to heed the minister’s call for job creation and start jobs instead of relying on other people to employ them.
    “In my course, I always equip students with entrepreneurial skills so that they may be in a position to create their own jobs upon reaching the market place or while still at school. Therefore, I want to urge all of you gathered here today, not to take the minister’s message for granted but instead, you have to live ethical values and believe that things are possible. With that you will be successful job creators”, he tipped the students.
    It should be noted that the participants were given the floor to ask questions and make comments which the minister satisfactorily reacted to.