MINISTER OF EDUCATION VISITS ULK
Today 29th November 2017, the whole ULK community was in high spirits to welcome the minister of Education Dr. Papias Malimba who was accompanied by some other high profile officials whose daily duties rotate around education.
Upon his arrival, he was taken around the campus to personally witness the progress the university has made in terms of infrastructure, equipment, teaching services, and the like.
After touring the campus, the minister interacted with ULK officials, staff and students’ representatives.
To kick-start the interactions, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI provided an overview of what the university has done since its inception. As he said, ULK has so far contributed to the transformation of the country and is still contributing through the release of qualified and trustworthy workforce.
“We have contracted a researcher to conduct for us a tracer survey which revealed that our graduates are serving the nation in different sectors, whereby 30% are in local government while others are serving different institutions or even self-employed”, he told the gathering.
The Principal of ULK Polytechnic, Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvèstre, also took the floor to highlight what his institution does on a daily basis. As he put it, students are trained in hands on skills whereby most of their time is spent on practice and the rest on theories.
“Through our workshops, libraries, and many other facilities, we train our students by allowing them to use 30% for theories and 70% for practice. With this we are sure that our graduates are the right people to meet the market demand in terms of human capital”, he emphatically said.
Given the floor, Mr. Daniel BALINDA, Advisor to the President and Founder of ULK, put an emphasis on two things: ULK Hospital and ULK School of Medicine; two projects which are in the pipeline with construction services now at a commendable level. As he said, the hospital will be in a position to host people from all backgrounds of life be it VIPs, middle classes or needy ones.
After having heard from the management of the university, the minister grabbed the microphone to disclose his message. He made it clear that their visit was not in line with something abnormal but instead it was an ordinary work schedule whereby the ministry visits academic institutions to see how far they have gone and aspire to go in helping the country to meet its preset goals.
“We’re not here because of a crisis we need to contain. We want instead to understand how universities are prepared to contribute towards the development of the country and vision such as the 2050 vision where the country targets to be an upper income country”, he expounded.
He also urged the university to harness its ICT section and rely heavily on IT services if it is to be where it aspires to be in the years ahead.
Upon the end of his talk, the floor was open to the members of the audience to ask questions and make comments. Thereafter, the Founder and President of ULK took the floor to thank the minister and his delegation for their time at ULK and pledged that all the pieces of advice given to the university will be implemented.