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    On Thursday 25th January 2018, a three man delegation visited Kigali Independent University ULK, Kigali Campus to give a talk on what heroism is all about. Major. Jean de Dieu NKEZABERA and Mr. Johnson MUGAGA delivered the delegation’s message.

    At the very start, Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, who was the moderator of the event, led participants in a word of prayer after which he invited the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI, to give his welcome remarks and introduce everyone in the hall.

    Having been welcomed, the delegation started delivering their message, and the first to break the ice was Mr. Johnson MUGAGA.

    While delivering his message, MUGAGA said that heroism in Rwanda is not something in its embryonic stage. It is something that goes back to monarchs whereby kings had to fight enemies and conquer lands to expand the country.

    As he expounded, those who could kill 7 enemies would get a medal known as UMUDENDE, those with 14 enemies killed would get a decoration known as IMPOTORE while those with 21 enemies would be recognized in a ceremony known as GUCANA URUTI.

    MUGAGA also talked about the heroes currently remembered in Rwanda. As he said, these heroes are categorized into three categories: IMANZI, IMENA and INGENZI. The first category stands for heroes such as the Unknown Soldier and Maj. Gen. Fred Gisa RWIGEMA who passed on shortly after the liberation struggle sparked off. The second category includes heroes such as King Mutara III RUDAHIGWA Charles Léon Pierre, RWAGASANA Michel, Agathe UWIRINGIYIMANA and Félicité NIYITEGEKA. And the third category is for Nyange High School children who rejected the order by Interahamwe militias to separate themselves according to their ethnic backgrounds and their rejection triggered the assailants to pitilessly open gunfire among the students leaving some of them killed.

    ULK Students following the Heros Day Conference

    Maj. NKEZABERA corroborated MUGAGA and said that the struggle to liberate the country was not easy. It required the rescuers to have some values to abide by. As he said, these values include resilience, patriotism, sacrifice, vigilance, example-making, honesty, integrity, to mention but a few.

    Both speakers urged the participants to strive for living those values and follow in the footsteps of heroes so as to shape their better tomorrow and that of the nation, region and the world at large.

    “You should own those values for you to be able to achieve everything you aspire to embrace be it in your studies or ordinary life needs”, Maj. Nkezabera urged the participants.

    The end of the function was marked by questions which were answered to everyone’s satisfaction.

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    On 3rd November 2017, ULK Polytechnic Institute crowned its first promotion in a graduation ceremony which had attracted people from all backgrounds of life.

    The graduation in question saw 110 graduands get their advanced diplomas in their respective fields of specialization. It is worth recalling that this Polytechnic Institute offers courses in Construction Technology, Land Survey Engineering, Electrical Technology as well as Electronics and Telecommunication.

    Chancellor of ULK, Prof. KALISA MBANDA

    The ceremony was officially opened by the Chancellor of ULK, Prof. KALISA MBANDA who urged the graduands to strive for job creation instead of resorting to job seeking.
    “Join hands and create jobs so as to financially uplift yourselves and contribute to the progress of the nation and the world at large as H.E Paul KAGAME, the President of the Republic of Rwanda always urges Rwandans”, he told them.

    Dr KARAMBIZI Sylvèstre, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic

    In his welcome remarks, Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvèstre, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic, requested the graduands to put the knowledge drawn from ULK Polytechnic to good use so as to contribute to the development of the nation, region and the world at large.
    “I request you to properly utilize the skills drawn from this institute for personal, national and global progress”, he requested the smiling graduands.

    Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA BALINDA, the Founder and President of ULK

    Speaking at the function, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA BALINDA, the Founder and President of ULK, equipped the graduands with the secrets of success on the job market and requested them to keep their credibility from being tarnished.
    “Credibility is something important in life. The way people know you may affect you positively or negatively. You need to live ethical values, not just knowing them. If you live ethical values, you will certainly succeed on the labor market”, he advised them.

    The best students were awarded at ULK Polytechnic

    Before the Chancellor stood up to dissolve the congregation, the best students were awarded with Mr. RUGAMBAGE André from Electronics and Telecommunication walking back home with two awards (one from ULK Polytechnic another one from MTN- a Telecommunication Company). In the same perspective, the graduands handed gifts to the officials of the institution that enabled them to meet their academic dreams.

    The graduands handed gifts to the officials of the institution

    Eventually, a group photo was taken to keep the best memories of the function.

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    On 28th October 2017, ULK students through their union commonly known as AGEULK organized a community service (Umuganda) in conjunction with the management of Kigali Independent University ULK. The annual exercise took place at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site located in Gisozi Sector.

    It was an exercise that had attracted a cross section of the members of the human family including ULK students, staff members, authorities from the City of Kigali, army and police representatives, to mention but a few.

    While at the memorial site, they slashed bushy areas, mopped the floor, swept different venues at the memorial site and many other activities geared towards making the memorial site look cleaner.

    Speaking at the exercise, lecturer UWIMANA Ndiyaye Innocent who was representing the the university in the noble exercise, the officials who joined them in the exercise and told them that Kigali Independent University ULK, as a university that is always among the leading universities in the country, strives to also take the lead in the wellbeing of the neighboring communities and the betterment of Gasabo District in which it operates.

    “It gives me pleasure to thank all the officials here present today for their decision of joining us in this community service. I can let you know that ULK does not only strive to make the lead in education sector but also in the wellbeing of neighboring populations and the progress of Gasabo District it operates in…”, he was quoted saying.

    “We will continue to do everything possible to make Rwanda a country of excellence in cleanliness in such a way that many other countries around the world will be jetting into the country for learning lessons”, he proudly added.

    Mr. GATANAZI Gervais, AGEULK Guild president, underscored that as students they find pride in taking part in activities organized by the youth since everything they do is for the benefit of the neighboring community, parents, landlords; and as young people, they find it a task to help the government meet its development agenda targets.

    “Students at ULK find Umuganda something valuable and necessary. We do it with all our hearts because we know it impacts positively on the lives of the neighboring communities, parents, landlords and many others. We therefore give this noble activity our all because there is nothing better than making our beloved Rwanda a hub of cleanliness in the world”, he said.

    It is also worth noting that the students paid  health insurance contributions to 150 people from Gisozi Sector, a move saluted by the local government attending the function.

    At the end of the activity they all vowed to keep the noble initiative intact so that their example can be emulated by the generations to come.


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    On 20th October 2017, ULK/Gisenyi Campus hosted a commission from CHENO (The Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour). The commission was led by Mr. Alexis who briefed the students on heroism.

    To start with, Mr. Alexis gave some brief historical background information on heroism in Rwanda. He pointed out criteria worthy of consideration when it came to selecting heroes in ancient Rwanda. It is no wonder that ethical values, including patriotism, courage and sacrifice, were taken into account. Sad to say, during the colonial era, were named heroes people who embraced the politics of the colonizers to the detriment of ethical values.

    It followed that the speaker told the gathering that CHENO has found it worthwhile giving talks on heroism in different institutions of higher learning across the country in a bid to restore and/or strengthen the culture of heroism among young people. And it is in the same perspectives that heroism clubs are to be put in place in those institutions.

    He went further explaining the correlation between heroism and the history of a country in these words:

    “If we trace back in history of countries across the world, a State cannot exist without heroes who, thanks to their patriotism, courage, sacrifice and the like fought for building that State. In actual fact, heroism goes hand in hand with the history of a country. Heroes’ sacrifice is all that made our country, Rwanda.”

    After a warm question-answer session, the students elected three fellow students to constitute ULK/Gisenyi Campus Patriotism Club. To this, Mr. Dan TURATSINZE topped the ladder as president of the club. Miss Zurfat UMWARI was elected vice president and Mr. Jean Marie KANEZA secretary of the club. Still there, lecturer Sylvain NIZEYIMANA was elected advisor.

    It is on a word of gratitude to the guests and a prayer, by DVC Academics, that the conference was brought to close.


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    Accompanied by the Vice Chancellor, the Founder and President of ULK made it to ULK/Gisenyi Campus on October 16th 2017. In actual fact, this visit was deemed paramount as new students had been eager to see face to face the visionary man who founded the university of their choice.

    Prior to the Founder and President’s address, there was a short presentation by Dr SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, ULK Vice Chancellor. The presentation focused on specific articles selected from ULK rules and regulations manual. The thing is, students were reminded of certain articles directly concerned with them; those related to suspension, assessment, expulsion, just to mention among others.


    In his address, the President and Founder started by thanking the students in attendance, especially the new ones for having chosen ULK for their university studies. Still there, he emphatically assured them that ULK will do all it can to satisfy them in all ways.

    “I take this opportunity to congratulate upper classes students on their success. Particularly, I thank the new students for having chosen our institution among many other higher learning institutions operating across the region. We stand more than willing to provide you with the best we can so you don’t feel dissatisfied or disappointed.”

    The Founder and President went further elaborating on the principles of ULK philosophy, notably: to have faith in God, to live ethical values, to know one’s mission on earth and to have positive thoughts.  ULK core values were not left out. Stressing excellence, one of ULK core values, the Founder and President revealed to the students the secrets that can help them excel in their studies. As he put it, some of those secrets include among others; regular class attendance and participation, regular personal study, group work, reading, mastery of English, mastery of ICT skills and discipline.

    Everything considered, the Founder and President blessed the gathering through a word of prayer.



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    On 6th October 2017, the management of Kigali Independent University ULK along with students gathered in the conference hall to conclude the induction week which had been going on since 2nd October, 2017.

    The conclusion was characterized by a number of activities which include signing performance contracts, cultural dance, testimonies from new students, various remarks by important personalities, to mention but a few.

    As students who were in high spirits due to the fact that they were rejoicing for the benefits got from the week, they kick-started the function with an uplifting performance whereby a group of dancers entertained everyone in the room through an interesting traditional dance.

    Speaking at the function Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI, ULK Vice Chancellor, thanked the new students for the courage, the spirit of brotherhood and discipline which defined them during the whole week. He also said that the university will continue to keep a caring eye on them to ensure that their academic aspirations are all met.

    “The university is proud of you for your courage, oneness and good manners which defined you over the days that have gone by. We promise to keep doing our best to enable you to embrace all your academic dreams”, he said.
    As students who had learnt a lot in the induction week, they had to express their readiness towards the realization of a number of activities during their stay at ULK. It is in this respect that they delegated three representatives of theirs to read out their pledges before handing them to the Vice Chancellor to be signed by both parties (students and ULK management).

    In their pledges, they vowed among other projects to strive for creating savings groups which will be helping students to save the little money they would afford to lay hands on so as to put into practice the knowledge and skills learnt from the speakers who addressed them during the induction week.
    All is well that ends well. The function ended in reading out the internal regulations the university has put in place to guide students throughout their studies.


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    On 4th October 2017, ULK/Gisenyi Campus students had a great privilege to be briefed on security by Major General Alexis KAGAME, Army Commander in the Western Province. In actual fact, he made it to the campus in opportune time as the induction week’s activities for the academic year 2017-2018 were beating their full.

    To start with, the Army Commander talked of the fight RPF Inkontanyi carried out to liberate Rwandans from the former regime. He emphatically told the gathering that they fought hard to get there; hence the need to always carter for liberation gained.
    “Our fight for liberation was not a piece of cake at all. We braved the forest, went hungry, lost our fellow freedom fighters, etc. Now that we are free, we should always ascertain nothing dares destroy our freedom,” he said.
    Talking about security, he made it clear that Rwanda is developing at a rapid pace thanks to various factors; good leadership, security, just to mention among others. He went on to emphasize that security plays a pivotal role in the development of any country. That being said, he called upon everyone to contribute to maintaining security within Rwanda and beyond its borders.
    He stated, “Rwanda is not a small country, as some people might think. Rwanda is a great country instead. We are militarily, politically and economically strong. Our security is not questionable. Security allows our populations to go about their daily businesses and develop themselves. It should, anyway, be borne in mind that maintaining security is not just the attribution of the military and the police. Maintaining security calls for each and every citizen’s responsibility (…)”
    Asked whether students can join the army, he replied in affirmative. Nevertheless, he said that besides being educated, there are other requirements to be fulfilled; being disciplined, being physically fit, etc. To this, he encouraged those eager and meeting the enrolment requirements to join RDF. Disclosing the secret behind RDF training he said, “We train hard to fight easy”.

    In his closing remarks, Prof Dr MUNYAMASOKO Cyeze Emmanuel, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics emphasized what the Army Commander had told the gathering. Simply put, he said that security and hard work are the backbone of any country’s development. It is on this note that the conference was brought to close.

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    The new academic year 2017-2018 continues to be a blessing for the new students who have enrolled at Kigali Independent University ULK for their studies. This is due to the fact that no single day can go by without receiving an important personality to address these students.

    As a matter of example, today 4th October 2017, the university hosted a talk on Capital Market in which the main speaker was Mr. Pierre Celestin RWABUKUMBA, Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Stock Exchange Ltd.

    Mr. Pierre Celestin RWABUKUMBA, CEO of Rwanda Stock Exchange Ltd.

    At the very start of the function, ULK Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBI, expressed his gratitude vis-à-vis the presence of the CEO of Rwanda Stock Exchange and he requested the students to be all ears so as to learn how stocks are traded on the market and how people start from scratch to greatness.

    Given the floor, Mr. Rwabukumba started throwing some light on what capital market is all about. As he said, like any other markets, capital market connects both entrepreneurs, who mostly have business ideas but with no money to implement them, with investors.

    He went further to stress that most of the typhoons the world of ours has today started small and grew big as days went by. He gave an example of Bill Gates who tops the list of the world’s richest men. As he said, Bill Gates boasts to be the most affluent man on earth yet the company he calls his was an idea long time ago which has up to the moment turned into a lucrative business that earns him bundles on a daily basis.

    New students who have enrolled at Kigali Independent University ULK

    “Microsoft, a business company created by Bill Gates started with an idea; and it has now risen to a higher level whereby people buy shares on a daily basis and this makes its founder the greatest man in terms of financial muscles”, he told the participants.

    “All you need to do is having a business idea and then find people to bring in money to start implementing the ambitions in the idea. You should also seek professionals to mentor you on how to go about it”, he added.

    Along his talk, Rwabukumba borrowed a leaf from the example of former ULK students who committed themselves to saving at least one hundred Rwandan francs on a daily basis and the contributions they made have resulted into a big financial institution.

    In the same angle, Dr. Eugène RUTUNGWA, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at ULK, cemented what Rwabukumba had said by sharing his own experience whereby he was one of two persons who thought about creating UNGUKA Bank, Ltd which started being a Microfinance Institution.

    “I remember, I had completed my university studies when my friend and I came up with an idea of adding a bank on the list of banks operating in Rwanda. We agreed on the creation, then thereafter, five more people joined and our efforts gave rise to what you call today UNGUKA Bank, Ltd”, he proudly said.

    At the end of the function, the attendees were given the floor for questions and some of them vowed to join hands for a lucrative business.