Month: February 2016

Vacancies at University of Rwanda

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Following the appointment of two Principals to other roles, the University of Rwanda seeks to fill the key positions of Principal at both the College of Business and Economics and the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Colleges are structured into Schools, Centres, and Departments delivering general and professional training as well as carrying out research across disciplines.

The position of Principal is a senior position in the University and the post-holder is expected to be a leader in academia, with excellent people management skills, and a genuine commitment to the development of students and staff.

Eligible applicants should demonstrate:

  • a PhD in their field of specialization or its equivalent
  • evidence of at least 3 years’ effective teamwork, leadership and management at a senior level in a higher education institution
  • capacity to initiate innovations to ensure a vibrant and competitive College
  • teaching experience of at least 4 years in one of the disciplines of the College
  • commitment to partnerships and entrepreneurship
  • evidence of success in securing grant funding
  • evidence of capacity building and a commitment to professional development
  • evidence of involvement in research and teaching, learning and assessment

Job Description

Reporting to the Office of the Vice Chancellor, the Principal as Head of the College is responsible to Senate and the Offices of the Deputy Vice Chancellors for promoting and maintaining academic management excellence, efficiency and effectiveness in the College. S/he is responsible to the Vice Chancellor for:

  1. maintaining close liaison with the Offices of the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice


2. creating a conducive and collegial environment for personal growth of staff

3. establishing an environment in which students learn effectively, staff teach and research effectively, and administrative staff work efficiently

4. providing leadership geared at achieving academic objectives of that College within agreed timeframes and budget

5. taking a lead in the identification, mobilization and distribution of teaching, learning and research resources

6. ensuring that senior managers and all staff carry out their duties effectively and efficiently and are held accountable for their activities

7.developing new curricula and reviewing existing ones to ensure that the right degree programmes produce graduates with the right skills and competences

8.modelling the values, attitudes and behaviours of a quality leader, manager and academic

9.fostering cross-disciplinary partnerships in the one University the College by giving it visibility through interaction with industry, the public sector, the donor community and the wider world

11. overseeing that teaching, learning, research, consultancy and admission standards are maintained at the highest level

12.effectively managing time when chairing meetings and Committees

13.attending University meetings and carrying out other assignments delegated to her/him by the Vice Chancellor

A competitive salary plus a package of fringe benefits commensurate with the position of Principal will be provided to the successful applicant in keeping with the University of Rwanda structure.

Rwandan citizens and women are encouraged to apply.

Mode of Application

  • Interested individuals from both within and outside UR should submit a letter of application accompanied with Curriculum Vitae, copies of relevant academic credentials. Applicants are strongly advised to speak in confidence to the Vice Chancellor.
  • Applicants should forward references from three referees, one of who must be of international standing from a country other than the one the applicant is applying from; referees should assess applicants against the eligibility criteria and duties listed above.
  • The deadline for submission of application is 18th March 2016 at 05.00 PM local time (iv) Applications should be submitted to:

Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda,

6th Floor UR-CBE Learning Complex P.O. Box 4285 Kigali, Avenue de Mburabuturo, Rwanda,

E-mail with subject heading ‘Confidential Principal Application’ to

About University of Rwanda

The University of Rwanda (UR) is a Rwandan public high learning institution, established by law N0 71/2013 of 10/09/2013 and determining its mission, powers, organization and functioning. UR  boasts six Colleges – Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science and Technology. Its mission is to deliver quality education and develop innovative teaching and research to address the problems of the nation, the region and the world. Since its creation, UR has demonstrated growth in key areas.






Pioneering ECOWAS funded students report for classes

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Pioneering ECOWAS (Economic Commission for West African Ibadan FellowsStates) funded students have reported for classes at the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan in Nigeria. Those selected for UCAD will have reported by mid March 2016.

The ECOWAS Fellowship 2015 Call saw a total of 75 ECOWAS nationals (30 of these being women) receiving full fellowships to support their Masters and Doctoral studies.The maiden edition of the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme for Masters and PhD (EFP) is funded by the ECOWAS. The Programme seeks to promote capacity building within the ECOWAS 15-member countries by providing full fellowships for training and education for nationals of ECOWAS member states in higher education institutions of ECOWAS.

  1. The University of Ibadan received 25 fellows (15 Masters and 10 PhD)
  2. The University of Lagos received 33 fellows (22 Masters and 11 PhD)
  3. The Universite Cheikh Anta Diop received 17 fellows (12 Masters and 5 PhD)

The Association of African Universities is grateful for the support provided by the Economic Commission for West African States. AAU is very concerned about the demand for scholarships versus the funds available. To this end we continue to call on African Lagos Fellowsgovernments to contribute more resources towards supporting Higher Education in Africa.

During the Higher Education Summit in Dakar Senegal in March 2015 the thorny issue of the low level of investments in African Higher Education was extensively discussed. On average, governments in Sub-Saharan Africa invest about one fifth of their education budget in higher education, which translates into 0.9% of Gross Domestic Product. Even though this is on par with other developing countries it is not enough for Africa’s immense human capacity development needs.

AAU Supports the CESA 2016-2025 Initiative

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Dear Vice Chancellors, Presidents and Rectors of African Universities,

The Association of African Universities (AAU), as the voice for higher education in Africa, wishes to extend heCESA Imager appreciation and congratulations to Dr. Martial de Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources Science and Technology of the African Union Commission, and to the entire Commission for the vision in developing the decade-long Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025).

We are happy to note that the Heads of State and Governments of Africa, during their twenty-sixth Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa on 31 January 2016 adopted the Strategy as the framework for transformative education and training system in Africa.

As the AAU moves into the next 50 years, it envisions itself as a key player and instrument to facilitate the achievement of the African Union’s vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” The AAU recognizes her critical role in developing and promoting knowledge societies fueled by skilled human capital. In this vein, we place much emphasis on leadership development, women and youth development, inclusive and equitable education, use of ICTs for educational development, good governance and accountability in education management.

The AAU will continue to promote continental integration through programmes which promote intra-Africa mobility, regional cooperation and harmonized education and training systems. The AAU also believes in promoting quality and relevance of education and training systems, which enhances scientific and technological innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. We will continue to support research which addresses Africa’s developmental needs, such as youth unemployment, health, climate change and environmental sustainability.

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