Annual Review Meeting: UR-Sweden Program for Research, Higher Learning and Institution Advancement

On 20th October 2014 through to 23rd October 2014, University of Rwanda (UR)- Sweden Program for Research, Higher Learning and Institution Advancement held its Annual Review Meeting for the 5 Year Program for 2013-2018.

The ARM was officially opened by Prof. Silas Lwakabamba, The Minister of Education, who was also involved from the concept level of the program. “It is through committed leadership and engagement from team members that the program can propel to greater heights. So far as briefly presented, there have been a lot of results and more can be done in this phase of the program,” he said as he opened the meeting.

The Program concept started in 2002 and was fully fledged in 2003 and since then there have been 3 levels of the Program. 2003-2006 was focused on promoting research, training and development of institutional capacity. 2007-2013, the focus was on improving the research capacity of staff. For 2013-2018, the focus will be to increase production and use of scientific knowledge of international quality that contributes to Rwanda's development.

The Partnership so far has had the following results;

63 Postgraduate Students have gone through the PhD program in different universities and 22 have graduated
Research organs & guidelines to deal with research grants were established
32 ordinary grants: 35 application received, 26 grants awarded
13 Postdoc grants: 14 Application received, 13 awarded
A curriculum for a Doctoral supervisors’ course
Conference attendance 10 staff supported, 3 staff supported to pay for publication fee, 1 exhibition by CAVM supported
PhD Students published as part of their PhD (progress reports), & after their PhD

The Partnership has brought the following universities from Sweden as part of the program: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Linkoping University, Jönköping University, University of Gothenburg, Umeå University, Örebro University, Uppsala University, Stockholm University, Borås University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, KTH Royal Institue of Technology and Lund University.

Other Guests Present include, Vice Chancellor, Prof. James McWha, Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Pudence Rubingisa, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs and Research, All College Principals and the Swedish Group lead by Maria Hakansson who is in charge of Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in Rwanda.

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By Rehema Abdul,
Public Relations Officer,
UR-College of Business and Economics
Marketing and Communications Office

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