Kigali – Kigali Institute of Management (KIM) is undergoing a major academic modules revamp to ensure quality of its graduates.
The yet-to-be accredited institute whose philosophy is the “development of a wholesome and well rounded person that easily fits into civil, business and management of communities” sees this move as one of the ways of bridging the skills gap in the country.
The recent National Skills Audit displays a 40 percent deficit in the skills expertise required for the country to achieve its development goals.
The audit further shows that Rwanda is in critical shortage of professionals, especially in the areas of Finance and Accountancy, and these are the areas that KIM is strengthening through its newly introduced modular system.
The modular curriculum is based on the key pillars of education for the 21st century which focuses on the development of the competencies and abilities needed in the competitive information society.
Speaking at a validation workshop for institute’s academic modules yesterday, the Dean of the Faculty of Management at KIM, David Suguku, said that the skills in Finance and Accounting are very crucial in the projected growth of the country.
“Multi-sectoral growth as well as expansion, considering infrastructure development, will provide for increased services including finance and banking,” said Suguku, adding that skills in financial advisory areas and investment with the projected growth indicators of the economy is critical for sustainable growth.
Addressing participants at the one day validation meeting, Dr. Innocent Sebasaza Mugisha, the Director of Academic Quality at HEC, urged the institute to constantly monitor quality of their curriculum.
“Quality needs to be constantly monitored because it is something that can be easily eroded,” he said.
He also urged the institute’s management to enrich their modules in connection with the needs as substantiated employment trends and enrolment projections.
Rwabusaza also noted that in order for the new modules to be effective, there is need for the leadership and faculty to fully understand it.