RULINDO - Tumba College of Technology (TCT), yesterday, graduated 274 students during its maiden ceremony.
Diplomas in various fields, including alternative energy, electronic and telecommunications and Information Technology were awarded.
In his address, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Mathias Harebamungu, called upon the graduates to impart the technical skills acquired to boost the country’s economic development.
“Rwandans are eagerly waiting for your technical skills to build a knowledge based economy by providing practical services for industrial growth and entrepreneurship development,” said Harebamungu.
He further said the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) shall continue rendering support to TCT in terms of training teachers.
The minister hailed Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their tireless support to boost “hands on” technical skills at the college.
On his part, the Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda, Kunio Hatanaka, reiterated JICA’s continued support to TCT.
“JICA supports TCT under Japan’s technical support scheme, to enable Rwandans realize their Millennium Development Goals,” said Ambassador Hatanaka.
The College Principal, Eng. Psacal Gatabazi, hailed President Paul Kagame for spearheading technology advancement in Rwanda.
“We at TCT strongly appreciate President Paul Kagames’s visionary leadership to boost technology and healthcare services in the country,” said Gatabazi.
He cited inadequate infrastructure, which is needed to increase students’ enrolment and lecturers, as some of the College’s challenges.
Six best performing students were awarded certificates of exemplary performance and retained at the College for further studies and as new assistant lecturers, at the campus.
Two other graduates were awarded laptops for their innovative skills.