New Catholic University opens

HUYE - The Catholic University of Rwanda (CUR) has officially opened its doors in the districts of Huye and Gisagara of the Southern Province, the varsity’s Vice Rector in charge of Academic affairs has revealed.
Some of the structures of the Save Campus of the Catholic University in the Southern Province (Photo: P. Ntambara)
Some of the structures of the Save Campus of the Catholic University in the Southern Province (Photo: P. Ntambara)

HUYE - The Catholic University of Rwanda (CUR) has officially opened its doors in the districts of Huye and Gisagara of the Southern Province, the varsity’s Vice Rector in charge of Academic affairs has revealed.

Monsignor Jean Marie Gahizi, told The New Times, Friday, that the university was set up by bringing together two already existing institutes; the Higher Institute of Pedagogy and Catechism (ISPC) and the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences (ISSR) all located in Huye.

The university will operate two campuses; the Taba campus housing the Faculty of Psycho –Pedagogy, Catechism and Religious Sciences and the Alexis Kagame Campus located in Gisagara District that will house the faculties of Science and Technology, Public Health and Human Nutrition, Social Work, Commerce and Education.

According to Gahizi, the university has recruited competent staff to ensure the quality of teaching at the institution.

“Producing high quality, competitive graduates is our main preoccupation, this we hope to achieve with our team of highly qualified and experienced teaching staff,” he said.

The university that runs day, evening and week-end programmes has recruited twenty full time lecturers who are PhD and Masters Degree holders with plans to recruit more as student numbers increase according to the vice Rector.

It will be headed by Monsignor Alphonse Mutanganda. He will be assisted by two vice Rectors; Father Jean Damascene Kayomberera as vice Rector in charge of Finance who will also be in-charge  of Taba campus, and Gahizi,  in charge of Academic affairs and the head of the Alexis Kagame Campus.

The university was given a three-year temporary operating licence and hopes to incorporate other Institutes including the Nyakibanda Institute of Philosophy and the Theology Institute of Kabgayi.

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