NEW STUDENTS WELCOMED AT KIGALI INDEPENDENT UNIVERSITY ULK
Today, October 3rd 2016 new students registered in various departments at Kigali Independent University ULK, were officially welcomed. This took place in a colorful event that was held in the stadium of the university. It should be noted that both refreshers and ongoing students gathered in this stadium to know one another and vow to cement their brotherhood as students studying at the same institution.
It was a function that had attracted different dignitaries such as Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, Chancellor of ULK, Dr. Sekibibi Ezekiel, Vice Chancellor of ULK, to mention but a few.
In his welcome note, Dr. Sekibibi Ezekiel, assured new students that the decision they have made to join Kigali Independent University ULK will never be regretted. “You have made the right choice to join Kigali Independent University ULK, and I’m pleased to let you know that you will never be disappointed. We will do all in our power to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for a brighter future”, he assured them.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, requested the university community to welcome freshers with both hands and help them to meet their academic aspirations. “I’d like to request the entire university community to warmly welcome these new students and make them fully integrated in the academic community so as to meet their expectations in terms of studies”, he said.
“However, the best way to help them is to show them that ethical values and taboos are the only pillars we all build on for self-worth, dignity and pride. Therefore, embracing them will undoubtedly impact positively on their days ahead”, he added.
In the same perspective, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda stressed the significance of ethical values in our day to day lives. In his utterances, he said that competence without ethical values cannot guarantee a long-lasting job to an employee. “You may be competent and pass recruitment exams, but if you aren’t endowed with ethical values, I’m sure you will be shown the exit after six months”, he stressed.
Talking about freshers, the President said that new students are entitled to a good environment which enables them to become real agents of change in their communities. “New students must find an excellent climate, environment to enable them to become managers, leaders, cadres of positive change in the society”, he added.
Since the induction week is culture-bound, new students were grouped into small groups in which they will be trained about values and cultural realities which make a person important in the society. Indeed, while in those groups, students happen to know one another and feel that they are loved and cared for.
It is worth informing that this induction week, commonly known as “ Intore mu zindi” in Kinyarwanda , kicked off today and will go up to Friday 7th October, 2016.