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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.

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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.


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