Over 400 students on Tuesday graduated from Kigali Institute of Technology (KIST)
A total of 387 were conferred upon with bachelor degrees. 90 were female, representing 23.3 per cent, while of the 42 awarded masters’ degree, 13 were female, representing 31 per cent.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Education Minister, Dr Vincent Biruta urged the graduates to be competent on the job market and to change Rwanda and the world.
He told them that the skills they have acquired are enough for them to be entrepreneurs and employ others.
According to KIST rector, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya the graduates ought to be part of change through the knowledge they have acquired.
“You have to conquer the war of poverty through science and technology and be more productive to society. Remember, you can be self-reliant as long as you are qualified,” she said.
The Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is the first public technological institute of higher learning in Rwanda. It came into existence as a UNDP project on November 1st, 1997 with a clear mandate to produce technical, scientific, of high calibers.
KIST opened with major degree program being offered in engineering. Compulsory courses included English or French language and remedial basic sciences. The Institute was officially inaugurated in April 1998, and four years after its inception, it was legally enacted by Law No. 48/2001 of 26/12/2001.
The establishment of KIST was part of Rwanda Government’s mission to build a strong post-genocide human resource base that was so desperately needed then, and is still needed now.
Its establishment was made possible by the combined efforts of the Government of Rwanda as the main stakeholder, UNDP (Rwanda) as the executor of the project, and the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GIZ) as the implementing agency.
The initial funding for starting the Institute came from a UNDP core funding and a UNDP Trust Fund obtained from the generous contributions by the Governments of Japan and the Netherlands.
This financial boost enabled KIST to initiate operations smoothly, taking only two months for the first class of 209 students to begin their studies and those who were successful later graduated in July 27, 2002.