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  • ULK debate club scoops first run-up slot in EAC

    In a contested debate competition, the Kigali Independent University Debate Club occupied the first run-up position after outshining in the recently concluded East African Debate Competition which was held virtually on 7th September 2020. This milestone comes after the ULK Debate Club emerged the champion of Rwanda back in March, 2020 after beating all participating universities in Rwanda.

    This year’s competition rotated around policy justice as the central theme. The competition was slated to be physically hosted by Uganda but owing to the relentless surge in COVID-19 cases, the organizers opted for the virtual debate format.

    Despite the novelty of the format, ULK debaters braved the waves to put up a well coordinated debate which left the organizers look in awe.

    Three debaters namely, Christ Jordan, Chris Oliver and Divine Abayo were the ones fighting rhetorically on the ULK side. Divine Abayo is also the chairperson of the ULK Debate Club after being unanimously elected by fellow debaters in an election held back in 2018.

    Debater Chris Oliver setting his digital tools ready for work

    Asked what enabled the team to reach that privilege, Divine Abayo said that team-spirit and pieces of advice from the ULK management and fellow debaters were behind the registered success.

    “We work as a team. Be it those on the frontline or other members of the debate club, we all work together for common goals. When we’re competing, unity remains our key weapon for success. Besides, the logistic and moral support from our Alma Mater boosts our courage and determination for success”, she said with beams of smile on her lips.

    Debater Divine Abayo in action

    Debater Divine Abayo in action

    As the whole world is currently battling COVID-19 effects with reliance being mainly on technology, Kigali Independent University ULK chose to follow suit and upgraded its technology to stand tall in the world of Information Communication Technology. As a matter of illustration, the university currently has a smart classroom which is used to remotely teach students. Indeed, this smart classroom played a pivotal role in helping the debaters stun their EAC fellows as the internet remained at its highest speed from start to finish.

    The culture of debating to suggest the best way things should be done has become part and parcel of ULK students. As a matter of fact, the ULK Debate Club has so far won a number of trophies at national level with more fame at regional level. It should be noted that the Debate Club operates under the ULK Center of Languages (CELA) which trains students on debating formats and strategies.

    As the ULK flag keeps flying higher on a global scale, let us thank the debaters who, in one way or another, contribute to these great strides.

    ULK has truly become a hub a debates

    ULK has truly become a hub a debates

  • ULK DEBATE CLUB SCOOPS FIRST RUN-UP SLOT IN EAC

    In a contested debate competition, the Kigali Independent University Debate Club occupied the first run-up position after outshining in the recently concluded East African Debate Competition which was held virtually on 7th September 2020. This milestone comes after the ULK Debate Club emerged the champion of Rwanda back in March, 2020 after beating all participating universities in Rwanda.

    This year’s competition rotated around policy justice as the central theme. The competition was slated to be physically hosted by Uganda but owing to the relentless surge in COVID-19 cases, the organizers opted for the virtual debate format.

    Despite the novelty of the format, ULK debaters braved the waves to put up a well coordinated debate which left the organizers look in awe.

    Three debaters namely, Christ Jordan, Chris Oliver and Divine Abayo were the ones fighting rhetorically on the ULK side. Divine Abayo is also the chairperson of the ULK Debate Club after being unanimously elected by fellow debaters in an election held back in 2018.

    Debater Chris Oliver setting his digital tools ready for work

    Asked what enabled the team to reach that privilege, Divine Abayo said that team-spirit and pieces of advice from the ULK management and fellow debaters were behind the registered success.

    “We work as a team. Be it those on the frontline or other members of the debate club, we all work together for common goals. When we’re competing, unity remains our key weapon for success. Besides, the logistic and moral support from our Alma Mater boosts our courage and determination for success”, she said with beams of smile on her lips.

    Debater Divine Abayo in action

    Debater Divine Abayo in action

    As the whole world is currently battling COVID-19 effects with reliance being mainly on technology, Kigali Independent University ULK chose to follow suit and upgraded its technology to stand tall in the world of Information Communication Technology. As a matter of illustration, the university currently has a smart classroom which is used to remotely teach students. Indeed, this smart classroom played a pivotal role in helping the debaters stun their EAC fellows as the internet remained at its highest speed from start to finish.

    The culture of debating to suggest the best way things should be done has become part and parcel of ULK students. As a matter of fact, the ULK Debate Club has so far won a number of trophies at national level with more fame at regional level. It should be noted that the Debate Club operates under the ULK Center of Languages (CELA) which trains students on debating formats and strategies.

    As the ULK flag keeps flying higher on a global scale, let us thank the debaters who, in one way or another, contribute to these great strides.

    ULK has truly become a hub a debates

    ULK has truly become a hub a debates

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    ULK FINAL YEAR STUDENTS BRIEFED ON RESEARCH GUIDELINES

    As a university that believes that academic excellence is inevitable, Kigali Independent University ULK does all it takes to meet this aspiration. It is against this background that on 9th March 2020, a seminar to train all final year students was organized.

    Speaking to students, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice-Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, told them that the move to train final year students on research skills came after realizing that every lecturer was trying to stick to their own research guidelines, something that was not perceived as a pretty sight.

    “What we’ve realized is that every lecturer was coming with their own research guidelines and we found it good to stop such a practice by introducing the harmonized research guidelines to be followed by every lecturer and student”, he told the students.

    Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice-Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK Speaking to students

    The seminar was conducted by high profile academicians such as Dr. GASHEMA Bruce, Dr. RWABUTOGO Zogeye Marcel, Prof. George Okello to mention but a few.

    As Dr. RWABUTOGO said, a student cannot successfully complete his/her research work if the supervisor is not fully dedicated to helping. He, therefore, reiterated that both the student and supervisor should meet at least twice a month to make corrections and decide the way forward together.

    Dr. RWABUTOGO Zogeye Marcel Speaking to students

    “These guidelines urge supervisors and students to meet at least twice a month for more improvement of the research work. With such a regular schedule, the student ends up understanding clearly the whole process of writing a dissertation; thus the quality of the work”, he told the trainees.

    The audience

    As for Prof. Okello, his research tips mainly centered on methodology. As he said, the methodology is the backbone of any research work as it embodies the techniques used to collect data which makes it possible to come up with the findings of the work.

     

    “Methodology is the backbone of research. In this section, techniques such as desk review, interview, questionnaire, observation, and others are used to effectively feed the section with information. You, therefore, need to be conversant with the way methodology is written so as to produce quality dissertations”, he advised them.

    The trainees proved to have acquired new and interesting things which will help them complete their dissertations without any hassle when the due time comes.