The School of Finance and Banking (SFB) is in preparations to conduct a traceability survey of all the students who graduated from the institution.
SFB came into being in 2006 following a government decision to move the Faculty of Management, formerly located at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), to its present location in Mburabuturo, Gikondo.
In a phone interview with The New Times, the Vice Rector for Academics at SFB, Dr. Papias Malimba, confirmed the development and said that they had already sent a team into the field to conduct a pilot survey.
“We want to know the destination of all the students who went through this school and to know their whereabouts. We will be able to establish those who are employed, self employed and unemployed,” said Malimba.
He explained that tracing the graduates will help them to rate and know if the knowledge they gained from SFB was helpful in the job market.
“We shall also be able to get the perception of the employers about our graduates,” he said, adding that all the information collected will be used to fill the gaps in their system and adjust their curriculum accordingly.
Alex Mwesigye, the Intern Support Assistant at D.O.T Rwanda and a former SFB student welcomed the survey.
“It is good to SFB, students and the employers. It will help them to know what the job market exactly wants,” said Mwesigye.
He explained that universities have designed curricula that are no longer relevant hence producing graduates who are of little help to the problems of society today.
“I think it will help them design programs that will equip students with relevant skills that are needed on the job market,” he said.
Jonan Musonera, a graduate of the National University of Rwanda, says that all universities should follow suit to be able to understand job market requirements.
The survey is expected to end by September this year.