The National University of Rwanda (NUR), yesterday, started a week-long graduation ceremony which will see over 3200 students who completed their studies in the last academic year graduate in various disciplines.The ‘graduation week’ runs from October 23- 26.
The graduation is being conducted at the faculty level and each faculty has its own day.
On Tuesday, about 970 students from the Faculties of Law and of Arts, Media and Social Sciences graduated with diplomas, Bachelor’s as well as Master’s Degrees.
According to officials, the graduation at the faculty level was dictated by the need to cut down on the costs of bigger events which were held in the past.
“Graduation ceremonies were getting very large and taking a lot of time, that we needed to find another way of celebrating our success and the success of [our] students,” Prof Silas Lwakabamba, NUR Rector, explained yesterday.
“This year, we are running four separate ceremonies. We take each of them just as seriously as the ‘grand ceremony’ of previous years, and each is still being attended by more people than some institutions graduate in an entire year. But they should be more manageable for the people who attend them and their guests”.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the Minister of Education, Vincent Biruta highlighted the need to train competitive students who can contribute to the development of the country.
“We must position our students strategically, which will allow them to get jobs or to create them”.
He told graduates that they will have to work hard in order to surpass others if they are to be successful.
Reiterating the government’s commitment to promoting quality education, the minister noted that the single university scheme will help in tha perspective.
“The single university scheme will transform higher education to improve its efficiency and the quality of learning... [and] the effective management of human and financial resources,” he said.