The East African Inter-University Council has commended the Rwandan higher institutions of learning for efforts taken to uplift the country’s educational standards.
Speaking to The New Times in Kampala, the council’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti- Chacha, noted that the Rwanda education sector has recorded impressive progress, despite its bad history.
“Since the new government took over (After the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi), the education systems have absolutely changed, universities are now following the proper roadmap and international standards,” he said.
Prof. Chacha added that it was high time Rwandan universities embarked on areas that would transform the country’s economy as well as regional development.
“There is a need for these universities to focus on key areas that will have economic and social impact. This will not develop Rwanda as a country alone but also the whole of East Africa because we’re now one community,” Prof. Chacha said.
He added that the council is ready to partner with Rwanda.
“We are ready to offer good opportunities of high quality to Rwandan universities, especially in information sharing, students’ exchange with other regional universities, and even lecturers, to ensure that all universities are equally benefiting”.
The academic commended President Paul Kagame and his government for revitalizing the education system.
The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is a regional inter-governmental organization that facilitates, coordinates and promotes sustainable and competitive development of universities in the region.