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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Excellence in Education and Service to the People
Affiliated to: AAU; IUCEA
Established: September 2013
No of Students: 30,000
No of Staff: 2,500
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Phillip Cotton
Campuses: Gikondo; Remera; Nyarugenge; Busogo; Huye Campus;
Ranking: 1st in Rwanda (Webometrics)
Website: https://ur.ac.rw/
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The University of Rwanda (UR) is a public university located in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the largest higher education institution in the country. It was established in September 2013 by a law that repealed the laws establishing the National University of Rwanda and the country’s other public higher education institutes, creating the UR in their place – these institutions were the National University of Rwanda (UNR); the Kigali Institute o.. more

The University of Rwanda (UR) is a public university located in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the largest higher education institution in the country. It was established in September 2013 by a law that repealed the laws establishing the National University of Rwanda and the country’s other public higher education institutes, creating the UR in their place – these institutions were the National University of Rwanda (UNR); the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST); the Kigali Institute of Education; the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry; the School of Finance and Banking; the Higher Institute of Umutara Polytechnic; the Kigali Health Institute. The university was created in the hope that it would improve the quality of education and respond to national and global needs. The university counts 16 campuses in different sectors of Kigali.

The University of Rwanda is the top-ranked university in Rwanda, according to Webometrics’ ranking of African universities. It is also among the world’s top 100 young universities. The Normalized Citation Impact places it as the second most influential university in East Africa. As a rapidly growing university, UR has increased its research publication output one step closer to the IUCEA norm of one publication per year. The university counts partnerships with international institutions like Harvard University, Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia, amongst others. Its research output is among some of the most influential in the East African region. The UR-Sweden Programme for research, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement supports the University of Rwanda to develop its research capacity and to increase the use of research towards poverty reduction in Rwanda. Four centres in the University of Rwanda are funded by the World bank as African Centres of Excellence – Internet of Things, Data Science, Innovative Teaching and Learning in Mathematics & Science, and Energy for Sustainable Development. The University has a student of over 30000, with close to 29000 undergraduates and over 1500 postgraduates. The total staff is over 2500.

The University of Rwanda counts several facilities and infrastructure to help the university community thrive in a conducive environment. Teaching facilities like lecture rooms, laboratories, a library and library services are available to the entire community. The university counts male and female hostels as well, available to 50% of the total male and female student population. The number of computers available to students has increased by thousands since 2014; the university constantly seeks to improve the services available to its students, as well as the on-campus infrastructure.
Notable alumni include Clarisse Iribagiza (computer scientist), Israel Bimpe (pharmacist/blogger), Agnes Binagwho (Minister of Health).

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College of Arts and Social Sciences/College of Business and Economics

  • School of Law
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • School of Social, Political and Administrative Sciences
  • School of Arts and Languages

College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary .. more

College of Arts and Social Sciences/College of Business and Economics

  • School of Law
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • School of Social, Political and Administrative Sciences
  • School of Arts and Languages

College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine

  1. School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Department of Crop Sciences
  • Department of Soil Sciences
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
  1. School of Agricultural Engineering
  • Department of Agricultural Mechanization
  • Department of Irrigation and Drainage
  • Department of Forestry and Nature Conservation
  1. School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Animal Production
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  1. School of Forestry, Biodiversity and Biological Sciences

College of Business and Economics/College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • School of Business
  • School of Economics

College of Education

  1. School of Education
  • Department of Foundations, Management & Curriculum Studies
  • Department of Humanities and Language Education
  • Department of Math, Science and Physical Education
  • Department of Early Childhood & Primary Education
  1. School of Inclusive and Special Needs Education
  • Department of Special Needs Education Studies
  • Department of Disability, Rehabilitation and Inclusion Studies
  1. School of Open and Distance Learning
  • Department of Educational Studies
  • Department of African Virtual University Centre
  • Department of Pan African Tele-Education Network

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Medicine and Pharmacy

College of Science and Technology

  • School of Engineering
  • Department of Construction Management
  • Department of Estate Management and Valuation
  • Department of Geography and Urban Planning
  • Department of Architecture
  • School of Science
  • School of Information Communication Technology
  • Department of Computer and Software Engineering
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Information Systems
  • Department of Computer Science
  • School of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • School of Mining and Geology
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education
New applicants to undergraduate degree programmes must be in possession of the Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education, with at least two principal passes in the relevant subject combinations.
Alternative Qualifications
Candidates with alternative qua.. more

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education
New applicants to undergraduate degree programmes must be in possession of the Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education, with at least two principal passes in the relevant subject combinations.
Alternative Qualifications
Candidates with alternative qualifications will be considered for admission into degree and diploma programmes on the basis of equivalences determined by the Colleges. However, foreign qualifications must be evaluated by the Rwanda Education Board (REB) prior to registration.

General Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants for programmes in the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), Business and Economics (CBE) and Education (CE), must have two (2) Principal passes with at least eighteen (18) points in specified courses relevant to the programmes applied for ;

Applicants for programmes in the Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM), Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) and Science and Technology (CST), must have two (2) Principal passes with at least twenty four (24) points in specified courses relevant to the programmes applied for.

In addition, all applicants must have:

  1. a) A pass in General Paper. Applicants without a pass but meeting the minimum criteria in terms of Principal subjects passes shall qualify for admission but shall be required to pass a special common course offered by UR, prior to graduation;
  2. b) An English Language Proficiency Test Certificate. Applicants without proof of English proficiency will be required to register for and pass an English language course offered by the respective Colleges. The pass mark for the English proficiency test is 70%.

Postgraduate Programmes

To qualify for admission into a Masters Programme by Coursework and Dissertation, applicants must:

  • Have obtained a Bachelors’ Degree with Honours, Second-Class Upper Division (Level 5 in the Rwandan qualifications Framework) or a qualification deemed equivalent
  • Demonstrate sufficient ability in the language of instruction and excellent language proficiency in the case where the language is the discipline of choice for the degree.

To qualify for admission to a doctoral degree at the University of Rwanda, applicants must have attained:

  • A Masters Degree (Level 6 in the Rwandan qualifications Framework) in an area relevant to the proposed programme of research.
  • Demonstrate sufficient ability in English to undertake doctoral-level work.

Entry requirements to postgraduate Diploma and Certificates programmes are similar to those for Masters Programs.

Alternative entry requirements into postgraduate programmes may be considered taking into account recognition of prior learning experience.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Students with foreign qualifications are required to first obtain an equivalence of their qualifications to the Rwandan education system, from Rwanda Education Board (REB) or Workforce Development Authority (WDA) (for Secondary School qualifications) and Higher Education Council (HEC) (for Post-Secondary qualifications) to be able to apply for admission at UR.

International and EAC candidates are required to fill in only their biographical information on the online application form available on the application portal.

Students from the East African Community (EAC) member states pay the same fees as Rwandan students. For fees and payment modalities please download Fees Structure. If you are outside Rwanda, you can use your local bank to transfer the payment to any one of above UR bank accounts in Bank of Kigali (BK) using the following swift code BKIGRWRW.

For more information about programmes, admission requirements, guidelines for the online application process please visit any of the UR Campuses.

Log in to the Admissions website: www.admissions.ur.ac.rw

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Browse the academic programmes available on the university website.
  2. Navigate through the program description to check College and programme-specific entry requirements. This will inform you about your eligibility for a particular programme(s).
  3. Take note of programmes that meet your career dreams. The system will allow you to make five choices at maximum.
  4. With the above information, you will have understood our College systems and probably made a choice of the academic programme(s) you want to apply for. It is now time to learn how the online application system works following guidelines below.
  5. The online application is a 12-steps process. All applicants must first pay application fee after getting the reference/student number. Payment is made in Bank of Kigali(BK) or Via MTN Mobile Money by using Urubuto. To pay with Mobile Money Dial *775# and follow instructions.
  6. Applicants will be able to continue and complete the application process after payment. At this stage, you will log in to the system through the Registered Users window.
  7. Please keep the bank slip with you for it may be required when necessary.
  8. After generating a reference number, pay a non-refundable fee of 5000Frw (for Rwandan and EAC citizens) and 6,000 Frw for international applicants, to UR Bank account no00094-0637830-21 Bank of Kigali

More information is available at https://admissions.ur.ac.rw/?q=node/27

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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.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Excellence in Education and Service to the People
Affiliated to: AAU; IUCEA
Established: September 2013
No of Students: 30,000
No of Staff: 2,500
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Phillip Cotton
Campuses: Gikondo; Remera; Nyarugenge; Busogo; Huye Campus;
Ranking: 1st in Rwanda (Webometrics)
Website: https://ur.ac.rw/
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