Department of Crop science

Welcome to Department of Crop science


Dr. Ir. Vincent de Paul BIGIRIMANA, Head of Department (HoD)

Ph.D. in Applied Biological Sciences/Crop Protection/Phytopathology

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences and Biological Engineering

Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and FUSA Gembloux (Gembloux, Belgium)

Agricultural Engineering Degree (BSc Agriculture-Hons-/Crop Production and Horticulture)

National University of Rwanda, Huye (Butare), Rwanda

Office Location: 

Busogo Campus of the University of Rwanda, CAVM


Phone: +250783147949


  • BIGIRIMANA V.P., HUA G.K.H., NYAMANGYOKU I.O., HOFTE M., 2015. Rice Sheath Rot: An Emerging Ubiquitous Destructive Disease Complex. Frontiers in Plant Science 6: 1066. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.01066 (16 pages). Read More

General Overview
The Department's Mission in conjunction with the framework of the University of Rwanda's Mission is to provide the highest quality training and research in the crop sciences. This will be achieved by:
Management : implementing effective management of teaching, learning, research, outreach and resource allocation in a well-structured department of motivated and skilled staff;
Training : developing highly qualified human resources in crop sciences through undergraduate, postgraduate and refresher courses to students, staff and members of the public;
Financial control : generating financial resources to augment the funds from the University of Rwanda central administration in order to maintain and ensure quality teaching, research and outreach activities;
Outreach activities : adequately informing stakeholders and customers on the major activities in the Department of Crop Science;
Research : developing and implementing fundable projects, which address pertinent problems in crop productivity within the farming sector.
With the introduction of semesterisation within the Faculty of Agriculture, the curriculum for the BSc Agric in Crop Science has been revised and a curriculum for the BSc Agric in Horticulture has been developed. The MSc in Crop Sciences has been under way since 2016 Research continues to be an important function of the Department and research findings are presented at conferences wherever possible and published widely in various journals. A number of regional and international research linkages have been formed in addition to some postgraduate training linkages which have also been established.

The Department of Crop Science will promote integrated, enhanced and environmentally sustainable crop production through innovative teaching, research and technology exchange.

To be a regionally and internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, learning, research and outreach activities in Crop Sciences in Rwanda , targeted against demand and needs of farming communities.