The lecturers and researchers at the Rwanda National University in Huye district on Friday 27th Sept 2013 celebrated their achievements for the last 25 years of the Academy and Research Staff Association (ARSA)
Members of ARSA posing for a photo
Among the many achievements of this association include the supporting fund that has helped the members to get credits and work on personal development explains Dr. Sekomo Birame Christian the coordinator of ARSA.
Apart from the lecturers and researchers of NUR, all workers of NUR all workers of the university who are willing join the Support Fund. Even other associations in Huye district are members of this Fund including CHUB, INMR, IRST, Labophar among others.
ARSA also formed Imanzi Investment Group a society for NUR workers that plans on constructing a commercial house in Butare town and an exemplary Hospital. Imanzi Investment Group also intends on investing in trade as well as education things that will develop Huye district in general.
“ARSA is responsible for the introduction of the university Mutuelle de santé medical insurance that supports both students and university workers” explains Dr. Sekomo.
This Association was applauded by the governor of the Southern Province of Rwanda Alphonse Munyantwari. The governor said Huye is yet to develop and marvel at the advantage of having the National University and the achievements of Imanzi Investment Group.
According to Dr. Venant Ntabomvura a member of ARSA who also happens to be among the pioneers of NUR graduates say this association started in 1989 called APARU (Association for Academic Staff of the University of Rwanda).
“By that time it was an association for Rwandan lecturers and researchers. After the 1994 genocide, it changed to ARSA and even non-Rwandans were welcomed into the association. Our goal is to promote education, work and social welfare of lecturers and researchers” says Dr. Venant Ntabomvura.
Dr. Ntabomvura says ARSA should participate in helping the government remake the school syllabuses and curriculum to produce more job creators than job seekers.