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Zambian Parliamentarians visit UR-CST

A delegation of Zambian Parliamentary committee members on education, science and technology visited the University of Rwanda’s college of science and technology on 25th april 2017. The members of parliament were accompanied to the college by their counterparts from the Rwandan Parliament led by Hon.Rusiha Gaston and Hon.Edda Mukabagwiza, the main objective of the visit was to learn from Rwanda’s best practices, learn from Rwanda’s experience and empower their own people back in Zambia.

Zambian MP's tour the laboratories in UR-CST.
Listening to explanations in the applied physics laboratory.

They were led to a guided tour of the college of science and technology science laboratories by the Principal Dr.Ignace Gatare where they appreciated the the level of analysis and research conducted there and had time to interact with some of the final year students conducting a number of research projects in the labs.

A student conducts an analysis in microbiology.
A female science student conducts microscopic analysis.

After touring the campus facilities, the members of parliament from Rwanda and Zambia held a meeting with the college’s senior managers that was presided over by the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Phil Cotton  who welcomed the visitors and took them through a brief background on the formation of the university of Rwanda as a product that came out merging of seven former Public institutions of higher learning to have one university made of six colleges and spread over 14 campuses across Rwanda.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Phil Cotton opens the meeting.
Members of parliament from Rwanda and Zambia at the meeting.

He said “harmonization of academic programs was one of the reasons for the merger and today UR is the second most influential university in east Africa after Makerere due mainly to the quality of its research papers that are compared to those of the John Hopkins University, one of the leading universities in terms of research in the world”. The college principal summed up the day’s activities by a presentation on the college academic programmes, centers of excellence and its vision for the future.

A presentation from the Principal of UR-CST, Dr. Ignace Gatare.



Story by:

Eric Mugisha

UR-Corporate Communications Office.



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