The College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) has witnessed the validation of its two programmes including BSc (Honors) Degree in Irrigation Drainage (ID) and Agricultural Mechanization (AM). The two programme have been developed in the effort to contribute to the implementation of Rwanda’s fourth edition of Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA4/2018-2024) and the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programs (CAADP). The two programmes are also in line with the African Governments endeavors under AU/NEPAD Initiative to accelerate agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihood.
In her remarks, UR-CAVM Principal Dr. Laetitia Nyinawamwiza expressed her appreciation to all participants who spared their valued time in order to give their contribution to the review and validation of the programmes. She recalled that through SEAD Project partnership the College envisions to review and validate all of its programs under different schools.
Opening remarks by Dr Nyinawamwiza
While opening the review and validation workshop, Prof. Nelson Ijumba the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research informed participants that the University of Rwanda is committed to regularly reviewing and validating its programs to make sure the provided workforce is well equipped with relevant and updated skills and knowledge to respond to the 21st Century market demands and contribute to the national specific developmental policies.
Prof. Ijumba (R) the DVC for Academic affairs and Research
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Institutional Advancement, Amb. Dr. Charles Murigande appreciated the SEAD Project Coordination for its support and noted that the UR is well aware of its mandate to train highly skilled and profiled graduates to contribute to national and global development. He further pointed out that working with the private sector, NGOs and government institution, will enable the University to identify needs at the market and design related programmes. According to him, the move will avoid the blame shift between the private sector and universities concerning the insufficient skills, knowledge and capacity of trained labor force. He finally promised continued support and collaboration with different partners of the University Rwanda for sustainable development.
Amb. Dr Murigande during the workshop
This five days’ workshop taking place in Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village from 9th -13th July, 2018 brought together relevant stakeholders in curriculum development including academic staff of UR, current students and alumni, private sector representatives and governmental officials. They are all expected to provide their experiential valuable inputs for accomplishing the objectives of proposed workshop.
The workshop is organized in partnership and sponsorship of the NUFFIC through SEAD Project. Mr. Rob Van De Gevel, SEAD Project Coordinator pointed out the three lines of SEAD Project intervention which include Curriculum Development/Review, both formal and non-formal; strengthen the research and innovation capacities of the beneficiary institutions and strengthen the outreach services, more specifically the offer of tailor made training. He promised further collaboration through other programs review with the aim to Strengthening Education for Agricultural Development.
Mr. Rob Van De Gevel, SEAD Project Coordinator
Participants to the validation workshop
Published by UR Communication Team