University of Rwanda to start PhD programmes

Rwandans seeking to pursue doctoral studies will be able to do so at the University of Rwanda with effect from the next academic year, writes Jean de la Croix Tabaro for The New Times. The university is finalising curricula for eight PhD programmes in line with the government's objective to make the country's development knowledge-based.

For years, Rwandans have had to study for doctorates either in private institutions such as Mt Kenya University or outside the country. Speaking to The New Times Professor Nelson Ijumba, the university deputy vice-chancellor for academic affairs, said introducing PhD programmes would help increase the number of highly qualified personnel the country needs.

Of the 1,484 University of Rwanda staff, only 281 (19%) are PhD holders. However, Ijumba said the number is expected to increase to 22% by 2018, thanks to staff training programmes supported by SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
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