Menu
Search
[TheChamp-Sharing]
WPCS 2.1.2
Type: Private Institution
Motto: Science & Conscience
Affiliated to: AAU & Reseaux Interuniversitaire de Grand Lacs
Established: 1996
No of Students: 9,172
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Rwigamba Balinda
Campuses: Kacyiru campus and Gisenyi campus
Website: http://www.ulk.ac.rw/
  • universityBusiness

    Bachelor's Programmes
  • universityAgriculture

    Bachelor's Programmes
  • universityTechnology

    Bachelor's Programmes
  • universitySocial Sciences

    Bachelor's Programmes
  • universityLaw & Legal

    Bachelor's Programmes
  • universityBusiness

    Master's Programmes
  • universityTechnology

    Master's Programmes
  • universitySocial Sciences

    Master's Programmes
  • universityLaw & Legal

    Master's Programmes
  • universityBusiness

    Diploma/Certificate Programmes
  • universityAgriculture

    Diploma/Certificate Programmes
  • universitySocial Sciences

    Diploma/Certificate Programmes
  • universityLaw & Legal

    Diploma/Certificate Programmes
Back

Kigali Independent University, known in French as “Université Libre de Kigali” and its acronym ULK, is a private university located in Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda founded by Prof. Rwigamba Balinda. ULK was created in 1996, in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide which took place in 1994. It gained recognition after the Presidential Order No. 51/01 of 13/7/2010 establishing quality standards in higher learning institutions. Kigali Ind.. more

Kigali Independent University, known in French as “Université Libre de Kigali” and its acronym ULK, is a private university located in Kigali, Kigali Province, Rwanda founded by Prof. Rwigamba Balinda. ULK was created in 1996, in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide which took place in 1994. It gained recognition after the Presidential Order No. 51/01 of 13/7/2010 establishing quality standards in higher learning institutions. Kigali Independent University commenced its activities in the St. Paul buildings and eventually built its campuses at Kacyiru and Gisenyi.

Kigali Independent University was ranked the sixth-best university in Rwanda, following the 2020 webometrics classification. ULK has recorded since 2012 till date, the visits of top dignitaries and associations like the American Association bar, Turkish Investors, the Ambassador of Japan in Rwanda and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. In the context of commemorating the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, ULK organises annual conferences. ULK has a total student population of over 9,172 that breaks into 8,219 undergraduates and postgraduates.

Kigali Independent University possesses several academic and non-academic facilities geared towards students’ academic and social contentment. Some of these facilities include an auditorium, a teaching hospital, lecture halls, a physical library (counting 66,200 titles), a digital library (with 500 new computers, having access to different e-books and e-journals), six generators, laboratories, sports centre (with football, volleyball, basketball, handball fields) and a restaurant.  Kigali Independent University has set up a master plan to construct several buildings, a hospital and a 14,000 persons stadium.

less
Back

SCHOOLS/STUDY PROGRAMMES
Kigali Independent University possesses four schools and the ULK Polytechnic Institute with several study programmes.

Bachelors Study programmes

School of Economics and Business Studies

  • BA in Economics
  • BA in Financemore

SCHOOLS/STUDY PROGRAMMES
Kigali Independent University possesses four schools and the ULK Polytechnic Institute with several study programmes.

Bachelors Study programmes

School of Economics and Business Studies

  • BA in Economics
  • BA in Finance
  • BA in Accounting
  • BA in Rural Development
  • BA in Management

School of Science & Technology

  • BSc Computer Science

School of Social Sciences

  •  BSc Development Studies
  •  BSc International Relations
  •  BSc Population Studies
  •  BSc Sociology
  •  BSc Administrative Sciences

School of Law

  • BA in Private Law
  • BA in Public Law

Master’s Study programmes

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Master of Governance
  • Master of Development Studies
  • Master of Law in Public International Law
  • Master of International Econ. & Business Law
  • Master of Science in Internet Systems

ULK Polytechnic Institute

  • BSc Construction Technology
  • BSc Electronics And Telecommunication
  • BSc Electrical Technology
less
Back

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Kigali Independent University accepts applications from local and international students for its Bachelors, Masters and PhD level programmes.

Bachelor’s Programme:
To qualify for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes, candidates must:

  • Either Possess the Certificate of Higher Education with at least 120 credits; .. more

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Kigali Independent University accepts applications from local and international students for its Bachelors, Masters and PhD level programmes.

Bachelor’s Programme:
To qualify for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes, candidates must:

  • Either Possess the Certificate of Higher Education with at least 120 credits; Diploma in Higher Education with at least 240 credits or the Advanced Diploma in Higher Education with at least 300 credits.

NB: In case of late applications, candidates should write to the Admissions Committee, stating the reasons for the lateness, within fifteen days of the end of the Registration Period.

Master’s Programme
To qualify for Master’s Degree Programmes, candidates must:

  • Possess a First/Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study from any recognised university.
  • Demonstrate sufficient ability in English

Ph. D Programme
To qualify for PhD Programmes, candidates must:
-Possess a Master’s degree in an appropriate field of study from ULK or any other recognised university.

HOW TO APPLY
Kigali Independent University has set up an online portal to assist candidates seeking enrolment into its institution. In order to access this platform, prospective candidates will have to visit the website: http://www.ulk.ac.rw/online-application/ to create a profile, select a course, make payments and follow all other relevant steps on the application process. ULK has availed computer laboratories to help those who would like to apply using Kigali Independent University computers.

less
Back

Kigali is the capital, and the largest city, of Rwanda. Kigali has been the country’s economic, cultural and transport hub since becoming the capital in 1962. The city was founded in 1907 by German explorer Richard Kandt. Kandt chose to make Kigali his headquarters when he was appointed the lead Resident of the former German colony. The entry of Indian traders in 1908 into the city allowed fo.. more

Kigali is the capital, and the largest city, of Rwanda. Kigali has been the country’s economic, cultural and transport hub since becoming the capital in 1962. The city was founded in 1907 by German explorer Richard Kandt. Kandt chose to make Kigali his headquarters when he was appointed the lead Resident of the former German colony. The entry of Indian traders in 1908 into the city allowed for the beginning of commercial activity in Rwanda. During World War I Belgian forces took control of Rwanda and were later granted sovereignty by a League of Nations mandate in 1919. Belgium initially attempted to sideline the monarchy, but it backfired. It was only during the 1920s that they succeeded in wresting control from the monarchy. Kigali remained a small town under Belgian rule, and it only started to grow after independence in 1962, although it still maintained its small-town feel right into the 1970s. Kigali has been the theatre of two major incidents in Rwanda’s history, first with the bloodless military coup of 1973 that saw Juvenal Habyarimana rise to power, and then with the assassination of the later in 1994 when his plane was shot down near Kigali Airport – an incident that was the catalyst for the Rwandan Civil War and genocide that followed.

The Rwandan genocide was a mass slaughter of Tutsi, Twa and moderate Hutu in Rwanda between April and July 1994, following the outbreak of the Rwandan Civil War between the army and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). The genocide caused the death of close to a million Tutsi in well-planned attacks on the orders of the interim government. The city was the site of fierce battles between both forces, but by July 4th, 1994 – a date now commemorated as the Liberation Day national holiday – the RPF had taken control of Kigali, ending the civil war. Although the city had been badly damaged by the fighting, its structure has mostly been recovered today, and it is in a constant state of evolution. Noteworthy is the fact that the city is heavily defined by the genocide, and every major development in Kigali since then can be traced to the aftermath of the tragedy.

Kigali has a temperate tropical highland climate, with lower temperatures than are typical for equatorial countries because of its elevation. Average temperatures vary between 12 and 27 degrees Celsius all through the year. The total population of Kigali is over 1 million, with an urban population of over 850000. Although the city lost a large fraction of its population during the genocide, returning refugees resettled in the city, and thanks to high-birth rate and increased rural-urban migration, the population observed a rapid growth spike. Although the 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda’s fragile economic base, impoverished the population, particularly women, and temporarily stalled the country’s ability to attract private and external investment, Rwanda has made substantial progress in stabilizing and rehabilitating its economy well beyond pre-1994 levels, and Kigali has been at the centre of this progress. GDP has rebounded with an average annual growth of 6%-8% since 2003 and inflation has been reduced to single digits. In 2015, 39% of the population lived below the poverty line, according to government statistics, compared to 57% in 2006. The first modern Special Economic Zone was completed in the city in 2017, and since then it has made contributed greatly to strengthening Rwanda’s industrial sector and diversifying exports.

Kigali is often lauded as Africa’s cleanest city. The country’s 2008 ban on non-biodegradable plastic is often mentioned as a cause. Another is that on the last Saturday of every month, people across the country commit time to projects aimed at improving the country’s public spaces, in a mandatory practice called Umuganda — loosely translated as “coming together to achieve a common purpose”. In May 2018, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranked the capital as the third most popular conference and event destination on the continent, after Cape Town in South Africa, and Casablanca of Morocco, taking into account the country’s capacity to accommodate international meetings and events, together with landmark infrastructure such as a modern airport and a state-of-the-art conference centre. Kigali is the hub of the Rwanda transport network, with 15 minutes express bus routes to all major towns in the country. The city is the seat of the University of Rwanda, the University of Kigali and several renowned universities with headquarters in the city like the African Leadership University and Mount Kenya University. The reputation of the city serves as a major selling point in convincing students considering further education in the city.

less
Reviews (no review yet)
{{ reviewsOverall }} / 10 TOTAL SCORE (0 votes)
Academic Quality
Campus Facilities
Social Life
What people are saying....
Sort by:

1-2 of

reviews

/ 10
User Avatar

from {{{ review.review_city}}}, {{{ review.review_country }}}

{{{ review.review_student_status}}} | {{{ review.review_question }}}
/ 10
{{{ review.rating_title }}}
{{{review.rating_comment}}}

{{ pageNumber+1 }}
Please write a review if you have been a student at this school
Similar Schools
Type: Private Institution
Motto: Science & Conscience
Affiliated to: AAU & Reseaux Interuniversitaire de Grand Lacs
Established: 1996
No of Students: 9,172
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Rwigamba Balinda
Campuses: Kacyiru campus and Gisenyi campus
Website: http://www.ulk.ac.rw/
School Contacts
Kigali Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries at Kigali
Gisenyi Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries at Gisenyi
General University Contact
Responsible for General Enquiries
Other Schools
Key Officials
Is this your University? Claim it now
Make sure your information is up to date

Claim This Listing