KIGALI - The proposed relocation to Kigali of the Faculty of Law and the School of Journalism of the National University of Rwanda (NUR), still hangs in the balance.
This was revealed yesterday by the NUR Vice Rector for Administration and Finance, Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana.
The new academic year started yesterday without getting the nod from the cabinet.
Initially, the plan was to move the two faculties from the main campus in Huye District to Kigali, especially the Law school, to help students access more lecturers and also facilitate more enrolment in the evening programme.
For the journalism school, it was supposed to facilitate practicing journalists to further their studies since most of them are employed in Kigali-based media houses.
Up to last evening, some students in the two faculties were still stranded, not knowing whether they were supposed to go back to the Huye main campus or to come to Kigali as earlier anticipated.
There has been no communication about the matter and yet some of us had already planned the start of the academic year from Kigali since we had seen reports in the media that the faculty was moving this academic year, said one law student who wished to remain anonymous.
Speaking to The New Times on phone, Ndagijimana said that all students are supposed to report to the main campus since the plans to move the faculties have not been finalized.
No one has told them to go to Kigali, they are all supposed to report to the main campus to start their studies, he said adding that they are still waiting for the cabinet to approve the move.
However, Ndagijimana said that the university is logistically ready to relocate the two faculties as soon as it gets the go-ahead.
It had earlier been reported that the Faculty of Law would be housed at Saint Paul in the city centre where the University already operates a Masters of Law programme, while the Journalism School would relocate to KIST premises.