University of Rwanda Leaders at a Relational Workshop

From 16th to 17th of March, University of Rwanda (UR) leaders gathered for an academic leadership development workshop at Nobleza Hotel. The UR leaders include, Senior Management, Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors for Administration and Finance and Academic Affairs, College Principals, Deans of schools and their deputies and directors in academia.

 The Vice Chancellor, Prof. James McWha adressing the participants.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. James McWha thanked the participation of all leaders and emphasized the need to have the workshop on relational leadership.

“We are all leaders in UR and also in our lives and this workshop is meant to bring us together and learn how to do the same with our teams back in our colleges and in our homes as the knowledge shared here affects both our personal lives and careers,” he emphasized further before he introduced the facilitators from Michigan State University who currently have a partnership with UR in different programs including courses in agriculture.

This workshop is second in its series with a long term objective of contributing to the UR Strategic Plan that will is in process of development. The workshop focus areas included time, goals and networks with emphasis on how leaders model the way inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act and encourage the heart.

 Dr.Thelma Awori, guest facilitator.

The guest facilitator was Dr. Thelma Awori, who is known for her dedication to women’s rights and empowerment in Africa, focused her topics around applying leadership and management on teams. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Social Relations and Cultural Anthropology from Harvard University. She was later awarded the African Graduate Fellowship Program (AFGRAD) where she earned a Masters of Arts in Adult Education and Humanistic Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Other facilitators from Michigan State University include Mr. John Bonnell and Dr. John Medendorp.

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