THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED AT ULK
Today, 7th October 2019, Prof. Dr. KALISA Mbanda, the Chancellor of ULK officially launched the new academic year, 2019-2020. It is an event that took place in the stadium of the aforementioned university.
Those who graced the event include Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda , Founder and President of ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvestre , Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute, ULK teaching staff and students, to mention but a few.
It was a coincidence of the launch of the new academic year and the induction week through which fresher students will be fully integrated into the campus community. The induction week brings together ongoing students with fresher students whereby the latter get to know more about the institution through the explanations they get from their elder brothers and sisters in the upper classes.
In his official opening remarks, the Chancellor of ULK, Prof. Dr. KALISA Mbanda, stressed the importance of being endowed with positive thoughts as students.
“As students, you need to have positive thoughts so as to embrace the goals you aspire to achieve. Always believe that things are possible and work together to be able to achieve your dreams”, he advised the students.
Every year, a stream of students from across the world jets into the country for their education at ULK. This new academic year counts students from 25 nationalities as disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of ULK while he was delivering his welcome remarks.
“ULK is undoubtedly a multinational academic institution. Currently, we have fresher students who have joined us from 25 countries and this justifies the quality of education we provide our students with”, he proudly told the gathering.
As both Kigali Independent University ULK and ULK Polytechnic Institute were welcoming their students, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute, Dr. KARAMBIBZI Sylvestre, could not mince his words on such a great day. In his welcome remarks, Dr. KARAMBIZI told the attendees that ULK Polytechnic Institute has been doing well since its inception and its graduates never go jobless.
“If I tell you that none of our graduates worries about jobs after graduating from our Polytechnic Institute, take it as something established beyond doubt. Our students find it a piece of cake to create jobs when they join the marketplace and this is due to the unquestionable skills and knowledge they milk from this academic institution”, he said.
On a day like this, students especially fresher ones, get pieces of advice on how to effectively chase their academic dreams as they embark on their academic project. In this perspective, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, corroborated what the previous speakers had said and he advised fresher students to first of all understand the culture of the institution they have joined for their tertiary education.
“The induction week we’ve coincidentally launched today is there to introduce you to the culture of the institution so that you may be conversant with everything the institution does. To effectively become students of high quality, you will need to attend class regularly, revise your notes on a regular basis, work in groups, master English language and ICT skills…” he tipped the students.
Talking about the role of lecturers in enhancing the quality of education, he said that the number of highly qualified teaching staff is needed but that is not enough if the lecturers do not publish.
“Capacity building through the increment of the number of PhD holders is the right way to go. However, that can’t yield huge results if lecturers don’t publish. We always tell our lecturers that one should either publish or perish, and the choice is in their hands”, he underscored.
A group photo marked the end of the function.