TVET graduates urged to support ‘made in Rwanda’ campaign

660 students at IPRC Kigali were awarded Advanced Diplomas on Thursday and urged to be more innovative as they promote products made in Rwanda. The Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya made this call while officiating at IPRC-Kigali’s sixth graduation ceremony.
Minister of State in-charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya.
The 660 students (including 135 females and 525 males) were awarded Advanced Diplomas in the following options; Civil Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering and ICT.
Graduates from the Department of Mining Engineering.
The Department of Mining Engineering which is among the new trades introduced at IPRC Kigali had 47 graduates; 17 females and 30 males.
Participants singing the National and College anthems respectively.
Minister Rwamukwaya also called on different stakeholders including the private sector to increase support in implementation of through construction of schools especially in rural areas where they are still few, provision modern training equipment and preparing more qualified trainers.
Graduates from the department of Electronics and Telecommunication.
A ToT center ‘Rwanda Technical Teacher Institute’ (RTTI) is nearing completion to raise the number of qualified trainers. It is a project worth five million US dollars (US$5,000,000), supported by the South Korean Government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Academic procession.
Like in the previous years, more females are being encouraged to join TVET, as their number is still low. About 1,941 students have graduated from IPRC Kigali; 177 in the year 2012, 241 (in 2013), 515 (in 2014), 485 (in 2015) and 523 (in 2016) respectively.
(L-R) Principal of IPRC-Kigali Diogene Mulindahabi, Minister of State for TVET Olivie Rwamukwaya and WDA's Chairman BoD John Bonds Bideri awarding one of the best performing students.

Partnership between schools and the industry was also stressed as a best option to enable students have Industrial Based Training (IBT) and attachment for quality training.  

Minister Rwamukwaya further said that every school should have a business incubation center or a company that brings relevancy of skills offered with the labour market. Securing placement for internship is also to be a responsibility of schools, rather than being left for students.

WDA’s Chairman Board of Directors John Bonds Bideri commended the Government’s effort to increase access for more youth to join TVET. This is from 51,773 students in the year 2010 to 116,292 currently.

The overall best performing student Angelique Kakuze from Civil Engineering in the option of Surveying said that her ambition is to contribute towards Rwanda’s development in the area of construction.  

“Rwanda is remarkably considered a fast growing nation and modern constructions are part of this drive, I hope to make a big contribution”, added Kakuze.

IPRC Kigali has a student population of 4,667 having grown from 209 in 2009. Programs in the advanced diploma  level  offered include Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, Information and Communication technology and Mining Engineering.There are also crosscutting departments in English and Communication skills, Sceince department and training workshops department.

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