Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) held its ninth
graduation, yesterday, and conferred 750 students with various academic
They were awarded Bachelors’ Degrees from the
Faculties of Engineering and Science, Masters of Communications
Management (MCM), Masters of Operational Communication (MOC) and
Diploma in Technology.
More than 30 percent of the graduates were women.
at the ceremony, the acting Rector Prof. John Mshana, said that the
numbers of female graduates increased compared to the previous year. Last year, females constituted 18.4 percent.
Mshana, however, said that the number or women graduates was still low,
urging parents and guardians to encourage their daughters — while still
young — to believe that they can excel in any field.
Minister of Education, Dr. Charles Murigande, thanked the new graduates
for the hard work which saw them accomplish what they went to school to
He said that they should be looked at as new resources which have come to benefit both their families and the country.
hard work, long days and sleepless nights have paid off. You re now a
source of pride,” said Murigande adding that the pride should be that
of working engineers and scientist who perform their duties diligently.
“Perform your duties with resilience and competence to enable Rwanda to reach the socio-economic development it requires.”
The Minister also called for an increase in the number of female graduates.
dream of the day when there will be equal numbers of boys and girls or
even more girls,” said Murigande, who is also the Chancellor of the
In his remarks, Dr. Ephraim Kabayija, the KIST
board chairman, urged graduates to use the knowledge they had acquired
to develop the country.
“Engineers like you solve problems
rather than waiting for their problems to be solved,” he said urging
them to be disciplined and dedicated in whatever they do.
Fourteen students passed with first class degrees.
1. Faustin Ahishakiye 2. Jean Pierre Bizimana 3. Theogen Gatete 4. Richard Mugisha 5. Robert Mugisha 6. Faustin Muhirwa 7. Benjamin Manirakiza 8. Ephrem Habumugisha 9. Parfait Munezero 10. Camille Girabawe 11. Noah Hirwa 12. Grace Irakiza 13. Doris Ishimwe 14. Anflique Musengimana Sugira.