The National University of Rwanda (NUR) has entered into several Educational Cooperation and Academic Research exchanges with 11 Swedish Universities Sweden.
These Swedish universities are Uppsala University, Stockholm University, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Gothenburg University, Umea University, Linköping University, Lund University and Blekinge Institute of Technology. Others are Jonköping University, Boras University and Orebro University.
The agreements were reached upon as part of the preparation of the third phase (2013-2018) of the bilateral cooperation between NUR and Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) so far implemented in two cycles (2003 – 2006 and 2007 – 2012).
The research programs that will be supported are in areas of: Biomedicine and Health Research, Peace and Development Studies, ICT Infrastructure, e-Governance, GIS, Land Management and Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, Mathematics and Statistics studies, Law and Economics and Management.
The exchange involves with a total of about $41 million. Through this arrangement which dates way back to 2003, fifty-six NUR Staff have gone for PhD training while many other programs have been established by NUR to include masters programs, post doctoral program, research management as well as research infrastructure.
Prof Silas Lwakabamba ,the Rector of NUR was pleased said that the exchange programmes are particularly important and different with others that the university has entered.
Earlier on, Lwakabamba was in Sweden where he got an opportunity to hold discussions with his counterpart, Prof Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson the President of Karolinska Institutet, on the framework of cooperation to promote medical and health research between the two Universities.
The agreement for the latter is being finalized and will be signed in Kigali later on when the President of Karoliska institutet visits Rwanda.
This new support from SIDA will help NUR together with its partners to start massive in-house double degree programs.
More than 10 Master’s and PhDs program will be initiated and 1,500 PhD students from various Higher Learning Institutions in Rwanda and other sectors are expected to be trained over the next 10 years.
This is seen as the best way for Rwanda to close the gap between existing and needed research capacity in Higher Learning Institutions.