FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF ULK ADDRESSES STUDENTS AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
Today, October 5, 2015 Kigali Independent University ULK officially started the new academic year 2015-2016. The event brought together ULK officials including Founder and President of ULK Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, Chancellor of ULK Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, Vice Chancellor of ULK Dr. Sekibibi Ezechiel and other members of ULK Senior Management as well as both academic and administrative staff. Present at the event, were also newly registered students in year One and ongoing students in upper classes.
After a word of prayer said by Founder and Owner of ULK Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sekibibi Ezechiel went on to introduce and recognize the presence of ULK officials and welcome students. In his opening remarks, he told students ULK always makes sure to students have all facilities in place to help them reach their goals in their career and that the main goal is to see them succeed.
In his speech, Prof. Kalisa Mbanda expressed his vote thanks to the Founder and President of ULK for his endless efforts to contribute to the education of Rwandans; he also thanked students for their endurance in their studies and saluted other achievements made by students; and took that opportunity to tell them to be responsible, aspire to make a bright future so that they might impact the community thanks to skills they get at Kigali Independent University.
He reminded students that ULK is committed to availing its facilities and qualified staff to students to enable them study in a friendly and conducive environment. At the end of his speech, he officially launched the new academic Year 2015-2016.
Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda gave a lecture on the Philosophy of ULK and Quality. Before further ado, founder of ULK expressed his vote of thanks to God who always makes things possible, to the president of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame for his excellent leadership as well as other government authorities for their smooth collaboration. He thanked Chancellor and other members of the Board in a special way and the entire team of ULK staff for their good work.
To new students, Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda ensured them that they shall never regret to have chosen ULK because it is a good choice. After explaining what philosophy is, he told students four fundamental principles ULK is based on namely to have faith in God, to know our mission on earth, to live ethical values and to have positive thinking.
As for “Quality” Professor Rwigamba, a man with a long experience in education of higher learning, said that ULK was found as a result of a set of best practices gathered from various universities.
He emphasized that quality is a result of the above principles and the philosophy of the institution. He added that you can’t talk about quality without talking about such important points as excellent and well prepared programmes, well conducted assessment conducted by both lecturers and students in their turn as well as qualified lecturers.
He asked students, meeting all standards set forth by the Ministry of Education, to be committed and responsible for all their work and therefore suggested them the following pieces of advice will enable them succeed: participation to all sessions, personal regular work, group discussion, visit libraries, to have good knowledge of language and ICT skills.
The event proceeded with the guidance provided by Dr. Okoko Osambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics of ULK who briefed new students on ULK academic regulations, code of conduct as well as the modular system of education and methods of assessment.
Thereafter students were taken around to visit various facilities namely both digital and physical libraries, classes, reading rooms, workshops and offices. Induction week is a one week programme meant for all students.