KARONGI - Kigali Health Institute (KHI) has unveiled a new calendar for the next academic year with the studies for new students set to begin next September.
The continuing students will wait until November in order to give room for the completion of all modules planned for the ongoing semester.
According to Chantal Kabagabo, the Vice Rector in charge of Academics and Research, the calendar for next academic year is complete.
“We have already completed the calendar and it has been handed over to the ministry of education,” Kabagabo.
She explained that lecturers will be expected to teach for more hours than usual so as to fit in the new calendar.
Meanwhile most university students in the country are impressed with the adoption of the education cycle because it is also used in other EAC member states.
They are contented that the academic year will no longer run from January to October.
Zephany Nsengumuremyi, a second year Environmental Health student at the Karongi campus of Kigali Health Institute (KHI) observed that the new reforms will enable students to compete more favourably at the job market.
“The current reforms are standard throughout East Africa. It is important to adopt them in Rwanda because it widens the learning scope of the students,” Mukantwari said.
Similarly, Nadine Umuhoza, an engineering student at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) expressed joy on the prospects of completing studies earlier than expected.
“Yes, it requires hard work in order to complete studies but it is rewarding because the time to spend in school will be shorter,” said she.
On a positive note, Umuhoza observed that the harmonisation of the academic calendar will help students easily transfer to other East African countries and continue with their studies uninterrupted.