NYANZA – The Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK) has opened a new campus in Nyanza district.
The new campus that will cost an estimated Rwf3billion when completed, currently has two faculties; the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences.
Talking to The New Times in Nyanza on Wednesday, the Rector, Dr Jean Ngamije, said that the new campus will address the problems faced by students who in the past had to travel to Kigali to pursue their studies.
“The opening of Nyanza campus is part of our expansion drive that is aimed at making higher education cheaper and more accessible,” said Ngamije. “This expansion drive will continue in other parts of the country in future.”
“We are currently allowed to run two faculties where we offer courses in Rural Development, Information Management, Management and Law. We hope to diversify further in future after meeting the necessary requirements,” he added.
The opening of INILAK Nyanza branch has been welcomed by not only students but also local authorities.
The Provincial Governor, Fidèle Ndayisaba, says the facility is an opportunity to students and the business community.
“This is an opportunity for many people in this area to access higher education. It is also an opportunity for business because business people will be able to tap into the numerous opportunities that the Institute will offer especially in the service sector,” said the Governor.
“It will also boost the infrastructure of the town.”
The Institute has so far registered over 300 students who have already started their studies.
“Students at the Nyanza campus will be taught by the same lecturers who teach in Kigali, we hope to recruit other permanent staff in future as the campus continues to expand,” the Rector said.
Students who talked to The New Times welcomed the new development, saying that it is an opportunity to further their education.
“This is the first such institution in this area,” said Allain Hirwa, a first year Information Management student.
“We hope many people who had failed to further their education will seize this opportunity because of its proximity and affordability.”