27 Feb 2020
European Union delegates with UR-CAVM Management have conducted the kick-off meeting of the European Union funded project entitled Enhancement of Rwandan Higher Education in Strategic fields for sustainable growth (EnRHEd). The Event took place at UR-CAVM Headquarters in Busogo.
The Erasmus+ EnRHEd Project is aimed at encouraging cooperation between the EU and partner countries and support eligible partner countries in addressing challenges in the management and governance of their higher education institutions. It is a joint project between three European universities namely Parma University (Italy), Liege University (Belgium) and University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and four Universities namely University of Rwanda, Rwanda polytechnic (IPRC-Musanze), University of Technology & Art of Byumba, and INES Ruhengeri.
Visitors were warmly welcomed by Prof Hilda Vasanthakaalam, the college acting Principal who presented an overview of the college in terms of offered academic programmes and teaching and learning infrastructures. She indicated that UR-CAVM faculty members were honored to contribute to this joint project which, out of doubt, will contribute to the reinforcement of cooperation between UR-CAVM and EU Universities as well as the Enhancement of teaching and learning in both institutions through staff and student exchanges.
In his presentation, Prof Roberto Valentino, the overall project coordinator, highlighted the major area of the project interventions that are the revision of current curricula, set of new programmes, set up of a digital teaching platform to facilitate e-learning, connection between HEIs and Internationalization at home ; and Improvement of internationalization processes in terms of training of staff members. For UR-CAVM, the interventions will consist in developing new programmes (M.Sc and Ph.D) in the field of food science and technology, facilitating students and staff (both academic and administrative) exchanges between UR-CAVM and partner Universities in Europe and set up of a digital teaching platform to facilitate e-learning.
During the discussions, UR-CAVM faculty members and delegates from EU Universities agreed on the timeline of different project milestones. The visit was ended by a tour of the college where EU delegates were given opportunities to visit the teaching and learning facilities available at Busogo campus namely laboratories, green houses and the post harvest pilot plant.