The University of Rwanda-College of Education and Dalarna University based in Sweden, vowed to collaborate and exchange expertise in fields of shared interests. This was witnessed in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between two parties in which they also agreed on academic cooperation and reciprocity that is intended to be of mutual benefit.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. George Njoroge, the UR-CE Principal took the guests through the programmes offered by the College and also explained the rationale behind the establishment of the University of Rwanda which is now a merger of six colleges. He added that the vision of the University is to be a dual mode institution to ensure that as many Rwandans as possible have access to quality education.
“The vision is that at least 50% of higher education would be through open, distance and E-learning” Njoroge said.
In her remarks, Marie Klingberg-Allvin, the Pro Vice Chancellor of Dalarna University said that their varsity also operates in a nearly similar situation like UR-CE in terms of number of schools and distance education system; therefore both institutions could benefit from each other especially in distance education. She commended fantastic progress made by the College considering the history of Rwanda and added that Dalarna would start on boosting the use of ICT, given the vast experience they have in that field.
In his concluding note, Prof. Njoroge expressed his gratitude to Dalarna representatives and called for continued discussions so as to actualize the MoU.