UR students gain skills in Electricity network protection

A total of eighteen students and two staff from the University of Rwanda-College of Science and Technology were awarded certificates following the completion of a one month training in Electricity network protection in transmission and distribution system. The training was supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

In his remarks, Dr Ignace Gatare, the Principal of the College of Science and Technology said that the training was a value addition to students’ knowledge as they were exposed to practical and industrial skills from professionals. He added that the training was a good transition of what is expecting from the students to the job market. He also commended the support of IEEE for their key role in electrical engineering and tele-communication.

According to Prof Nelson Ijumba, the University Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research, the course gave the students insights and motivation to be part of power engineering. Ijumba who is also the IEEE member noted that awarded certificates will serve as testimony and demonstration that students have acquired some knowledge which will give them an edge during the job creation and competition.

Speaking on the occasion, Aline Gasana, one of the beneficiaries of the training noted that the training was an opportunity to gain practical skills and experience about field work realities. She added that it will enable her to be competitive at the job market.  

Ms Gasana receiving certificate from Prof Ijumba

The training was an initiative started by the president of IEEE who created an ad hoc committee to spearhead its activities in 5 African countries including Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, and Rwanda. The aim was to see how the organization can make a difference in Africa mainly to increase the participation in engineering education and workforce development. It also seeks to create sustainable community of IEEE members while working together with governments in informing policies and strategies on energy utilization and development.

Students receiving certificates from Prof Ijumba

Participants in the training pose for group photo

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