A DELEGATION FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES VISITS ULK
On 16th May 2019, a delegation from the Association of Commonwealth Universities visited Kigali Independent University ULK to have a clear view of the readiness of the university to join the e-learning or simply the blended teaching system. The three-man delegation was made of Ben Prasadam Halls, Director of Programs, Alexander Scharz, Project Officer and George Anang’a, Senior Membership Officer- International.
In his welcome remarks Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, thanked the delegation for having chosen ULK for the program and he underscored that the move to initiate the blended teaching system at the university is worth saluting as it will not only provide a solution to the problem of employees who could not have time to further their studies, but it will also contribute to the Competence Based Curriculum as the students will have more time to dig out their courses while the lecturer will be monitoring learners’ progress to ensure effective learning.
“I can proudly say that this blended system is a move in the right direction as it will answer the problem of those who couldn’t upgrade their level of studies as a result of time constraints. Besides, the move will contribute to the Competence Based Curriculum as students will have ample time to find out more about the modules”, he was quoted as saying.
The delegation had chance to tour the campus for more information about the facilities in place which will enable the blended system to operate uninterruptedly. Along the tour, they were shown the art-of-the-fact digital libraries, computer labs, the physical library, polytechnic laboratories, to mention but a few.
After touring the campus, Ben Prasadam Halls expressed the appreciation on behalf of the delegation and he said that they were wowed by what they saw.
“Thank you for a very enjoyable visit and tour of your fantastic campus. Good luck with implementing blended learning. We look forward to working with you”, he said with beams of smiles on his lips.
As it was disclosed during the interactions between the officials of Kigali Independent University ULK and the delegation, once all goes as planned, the trial session of the blended learning will kick-start on Monday 20th May 2019 and students from across the globe will be able to enroll for partly online courses( blended learning) at Kigali Independent University ULK.
As the world is becoming more and more digitalized, education cannot lag behind while other sectors are soaring skies. Hence, the blended learning system might be coming timely at ULK, the leading private institution in Rwanda.
At the end of the visit, the delegation promised to keep monitoring the program to ensure that all the desired successes are embraced.