ULK Urged to Go Digital to Attract Students
The Minister of Education, Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri has urged Kigali Independent University (ULK) to innovations that will create a digitally-enabled campus for students.
According to Musafiri, virtual education is one of the services that can enable advancing digital education to connecting the institution and its students in the modern era.
Musafiri was on his official visit to ULK main campus in Gisozi where he was given a guided tour on the progress at the university and its challenges.
“I would like to challenge you to think of new ways to work with digital technologies to transform ULK into a vibrant digital institution with a strong brand personality and presence” Musafiri said.
He added that devising digital infrastructure is critical and one of the most important determinants to improve students education environment, making it easy and simpler.
The minister suggested that the university creates virtual open sources for students, which include e-books, college projects and e-lectures for students.
In this case, librarians can use the technology, to organize and monitor the book collections and catalogues to enable easy student’s access.
After touring the ULK campus and workshops, the minister met university staff members to discuss the way forward in improving the quality of education and skills development.
Prof Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, the founder and president of ULK promised the minister that his administration will develop or purchase an application to help in the management in areas of exam time tables, lecture timings and event updates.
“We are planning to incorporate e-learning projects in future, since the university has broadband and wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity across the campus” Balinda said.
Jean Uwantege, a second year student at ULK polytechnic institute student said digital infrastructure will enable the university to be competitive.
“If ULK is to compete with students from other universities in Rwanda, it is important that we should have better digital infrastructure.”
Jerome Gasana, the Director General of Workforce Development Authority (WDA), said that ULK investment is in line with national development agenda which seeks to turn Rwanda into a middle income economy by 2020.
He asked that private universities have invest more in technical education in order for Rwanda to attain this goal through the education sector.
Through technical and vocational education and training (TVET) Rwanda plans to create 200.000 off farm jobs and create 1.5million jobs annually in the new seven year development agenda.