By Joseph Mudingu
Mahatma Gandhi University Rwanda on the 01 December 2016 launched its new volumes of academic textbooks and self-learning modules on ICT integrating today’s rapidly advancing technologies at Kigali Convention Center.
In his statement, MGUR Chancellor and Founder, Dr. Rajan Chopra said “in view of His Excellency, President Paul Kagame’s government efforts in achieving Vision 2020, we are taking bold steps to invest on improving our academic materials to provide the skills that are core in achieving the goal of transforming the nation’s agriculture-based economy to a knowledge-based economy. We are going to stride further by issuing not only quality textbooks but as well as laptops to students that will help them improve their ICT skills.”
MGUR Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vince Sinining added “MGUR is working towards becoming the Center of Excellence in Online and Distance Learning, providing working people access to higher education, anytime, anywhere. We are also working on providing in-service training tour lecturers and tutors to improve ‘teaching and learning’ using online resources, as well as hands-on training.”
During the ceremony, the Honorable Minister of Education, Dr. Papias Musafiri Malimba who served as the Guest of Honor said “this is an important occasion that the Ministry of Education supports as the government places ICT at the forefront of the country’s efforts towards achieving Vision 2020. Like Mahatma Gandhi University Rwanda, we are confident that Higher Education Institutions in Rwanda will continue to play their significant roles in utilizing ICT in today’s advancing technologies and provide our students the necessary skills to be competitive.”
After the book launch, special scholarships were awarded to two upcoming stars in Rwanda — Yvan Buravan and Andy Bumuntu, who will be studying Mass Communication with specialization in audio-video production related to their career in the performing arts.
Two students today, were also award laptops — Karemera David and Byukusenge Muriel.
Dr. Chopra gave special achievement awards to individuals in the field of education, public service, banking, media,TV, and performing art. A special award was accorded to Jules Sentore for promoting Rwanda’s arts and culture through music.