Conferences & Visits

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    ULK HOSTS A CONFERENCE ON REGIONAL INTEGRATION

    ULK EAC Community Ambassador Richard Sezibera visit

    ULK (Main Campus), August 10, 2015 a conference on Regional integration under the theme entitled “Citizens Participation towards sustainable development, Peace and Security in the Region”. His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of EAC graced the event with his presence and was the main speaker.
    The conference brought together ULK officials, academic and administrative staff, ULK students and members of EAC Youth platform from other Higher Learning Institutions.
    It was organized by Kigali Independent University ULK in collaboration with EAC Youth ambassadors platform Rwanda Chapter headed by ULK Student.

    The event was started with a word of prayer which was said by Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, Founder and President of Kigali Independent University ULK.

    President Founder of ULK offering a word of prayer - EAC integration conference

    Dr. Ezechiel Sekibibi, Vice Chancellor of ULK; welcomed the guests who were part of the conference. He expressed his vote of thanks to Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of East Africa Community for accepting the invitation as a sign of love and passion he has towards the youth. The Vice Chancellor emphasized that in order to fully implement regional and international integration as stipulated in Rwandan vision 2020.

    ULK, Peace NDEKEZI delivering her speech

    While addressing her fellow young people a student at ULK, the EAC Youth ambassador to Rwanda Miss . Peace Mukazi Ndekezi told them that they are responsible for the realization of the integration.
    “As young people, we can decide who we want to be and it is our duty to move the integration.” Peace said.

    She said that as young people they are ready to work hard and sensitize the youth in general to know the benefits they can get from integration, guard the achievements attained within their respective countries and get rid of false politicians that would attempt to mislead them.
    Before delivering his message to young people, the Honourable Secretary General thanked Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, Founder and President of ULK for the progress of Kigali Independent University ULK. He was amazed to see how far this institution has gone and has developed tremendously.

    “It is amazing to see a place which was once a bush turns into a learning place”

    Dr. Sezibera said.

    ULK Honoured by Dr RICHARD SEZIBERA

    He also thanked students from ULK who won debates and they debated in English though they are from a French speaking background.
    In his speech, Secretary General Dr. Richard Sezibera told young people that East Africa Community was initiated by young people and its future lies in young people of character and dignity. He emphasized that EAC integration is not of recent but its idea is as old as East Africa community itself.

    As a matter of fact, leaders like Mwalimu Julius Nyerere understood EAC people were one and had the same destiny; that is why he delayed Tanganyika independence so that the whole East African nations got independence as a federation. However, some leaders did not share the same vision to reach a federated East Africa but invested in selfish plans and things that destroyed their nations.
    Despite the above challenge, he said that EAC archives show that other leaders such as Mwami Rudahigwa of Rwanda, Prince Louis Rwagasore of Burundi wanted to join that federation in 1959 and for that reason they were eliminated.

    ULK EAC Representatives, Sandra

    In this respect, he cautioned young people not to repeat the same mistake of yesterday and reminded them that they should not think that they are the leaders of tomorrow but now.

    “Use your patriotism to develop your country because you are here thanks to patriotism, good leadership and vision of His Excellency Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda.” Dr. Sezibera highlighted.

    He showed a number of fruits of a federation such as transit of good in a short period of time, investment in shared infrastructures, use of local IDs and soon the payment of local fees in education.

    “Young people, the choice is yours. You can choose to be people who organize, people of character and dignity, people who opens Rwanda up. Bear in mind that integrated EAC can be a stepping stone to have integrated Africa”. He added

    To conclude, he told students that we are small economies and the only way for us to grow is to unite.

    Students asked questions mainly related to the challenges facing the integration. As far as this is concerned, he emphasized that all nations in the community are collaborating to come up with strategies that would help address the above challenges. He also encouraged them build their capacities in order to realize their own goals, the goals of the country and the region as a whole.

    In his closing remarks, Founder and President of ULK Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, thanked Ambassador Dr. Sezibera for his time and the excellent conference. He also acknowledges Excellent leadership of our country.

    He told students not to despise themselves because they are powerful and can achieve more. He advised them to get rid of fear if they want to realize their vision. Therefore they have to work hard, live ethical values, organize themselves, get maximum profit in the integration and should always aspire to be the best. He closed the conference with a word of prayer.

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    ULK GISENYI STUDENTS BUILD A HOUSE FOR A WIDOW

    Mark Twain was unquestionably right when he said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” The saying meets a hundred percent what ULK Gisenyi students did for a widow when they gave their all to build for her a three roomed house to replace her former ramshackle house. The function to unveil the house in question took place at the widow’s home in Buhoza Cell, Rubavu District on 18th February, 2016.

    It was a function that had attracted people from all walks of life such as military officers, police representatives, local leaders, ULK staff, students, local residents, to mention but a few.

    Uwimana Aisha, 41, is a widow of 7 children. She used to live in adverse poverty before ULK students met her. The decision to build for her was a result of draws made to know the economically most affected resident in Rubavu Sector, Rubavu District. Residents themselves chose her from the rest of the dwellers and thereafter construction activities kick-started.

    Speaking at the function, Ismael Bayingana, Guild president, said that the completion of the house is a result from many hands. He also pointed out that a true citizen helps others. “I would like to make it clear that the construction of this house was a result from many people who selflessly dedicated their resources to it. Indeed, what we did should serve as an example to others because a true citizen stands valuable within the society”, he disclosed.

    Not only did the students construct a house for the needy woman, but they also erected a kitchen garden for her to enable the family to live healthy while eating vegetables planted in it. But most importantly, they paid some fees to make sure that the widow and her children are medically ensured.

    Furaha Germaine, Gabiro Village leader, was overwhelmed and said that the students’ deed is exceptional and should be emulated by the rest of Rwandans. “It’s beyond describing. What they have done should teach a lesson to all of us as Rwandans so that our country may be an envy for many”, she enthusiastically said.

    While addressing those at the function, Clarisse Imanizabayo, Executive Secretary of Rubavu Sector, thanked the students for the noble initiative that made the widow live to see her dream coming true. She also disclosed that the sector will keep helping the widow through various social programs to ensure that her economic status keeps registering tremendous strides.

    Representing ULK Community at the function, Dr Munyamasoko Cyeze Emmanuel, DVC Academics, thanked the students for their initiative. He said that what they did is something copied from H.E Paul Kagame, president of the Republic, who always urges Rwandans to strive for making Rwanda beautiful.

    “What you’ve done is in line with what our president, H.E Paul Kagame, always tells Rwandans. He always urges us to work together and help one another so as to make our country a place where poor living conditions have no seat”, he proudly said.

    Given the floor, Uwimana Aisha, the beneficiary, made it clear that her joy was beyond understanding. She thanked the students for having saved her family by constructing a good house for it. “I’m missed of words. These students deserve my heartfelt thanks for having replaced my simple leaking house with a well-built house. May God bless them”, she said with tears of joy glistening in her eyes.

    All is well that ends well. The function ended in a word of prayer said by Mr Karara Alexis, DVC Administration and Finance, ULK Gisenyi Campus.

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    ULK STUDENTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THEIR ULPGL COUNTERPARTS

    Wednesday 1st June 2016, a delegation of 25 students from Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs (ULPGL) visited ULK Gisenyi Campus to cement ties between the students’ Unions of both universities. ULPGL is a religious university operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, precisely in Goma town.
    Mr Kambale Eric, head of the delegation, said that their visit aimed at petrifying the relationships between ULK students and those at ULPGL for mutual benefits. “We believe that no man is an island. That’s why we have found it important to engage into bilateral relations with ULK students for mutual benefits. Together we can help each other in a number of issues aiming at putting both universities on the map”, he emphatically said.
    Most of them had arrived at ULK Gisenyi Campus for the first time. To this, they were taken to different places of the campus to grasp it well. Along the tour, AGEULK (ULK students union) members led them alongside the officials of the university.
    Having sufficiently toured the campus, it was now time to interact with the campus community. It is at this stage that Dr. Munyamasooko Cyeze Emmanuel, DVC Academics, gave them the historical background of the university to supplement what they had eye-witnessed. He thereafter reminded them that education is the right vehicle to propel the progress of countries in all sectors of life.
    “ULK as an institution of higher learning, found it worthwhile to abide by faith in God, knowing one’s mission on earth, having positive thoughts and living ethical values. With these principles the university successfully meets its goals”, he told them.
    “Indeed, we should bear in mind that education remains the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world, as Nelson Mandela put it”, he added.
    At the end of his remarks, there was a room for a question-answer session. It is at this point that some of the visitors wished to know whether ULK has a strategy that enables students from Francophone countries to study at ULK with ease and confidence. Answering this question, Dr. Munyamasoko Cyeze Emmanuel told them to ease their minds because ULK, through its Language Center (CELA) organizes free English courses.
    “Ease your minds. You don’t need to worry much about the language of instruction used at our university. Our university has a Language Center which usually avails two skilled and committed lecturers to freely train people both in Congo and Rwanda. You will soon hear about their presence in your home country for this purpose”, he assured them.
    The function climaxed in a group photo to serve as a memory of their fruitful deliberations.

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