The Kigali Institute of Education (KIE)


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Kigali institute of Education (KIE) is a public institution of higher learning in Rwanda, which was founded in 1999 and legally established under KIE statute law No 49/2001 of 27/12/2001; The KIE structure, organization and functioning is determined by law n° 20/2008 of 18/07/2008.

The establishment and operation of KIE was made possible by combined efforts of the Rwandan government as major stakeholder, and assistance from various donors including the World Bank, African Development Bank, Swiss Co-operation, Belgian Co-operation, DFID, USAID, German Cooperation, the French Co-operation and the Netherlands.

In its ten years of existence, KIE has made significant strides. It has evolved into a dual mode institution offering distance and pre-service programmes in various disciplinary areas ranging from diploma to Honours degree. At Master Level, as MSc/MRes in Social and Educational Research Methods has been on offer since 2007. KIE in partnership with UNISA offers programme that range from certificate to PhD.

Objective and mission

KIE has the objective to offer high level teaching in various fields and in technology and conduct research in various matters as well to help the population solve their problems.


To develop curricula and offer high level educational courses, trainings that enable students to develop their knowledge; promoting research in various fields in collaboration with other institutions so as to propel education, science and technology. Besides, KIE supports cultural, civic, moral education of the community and enhance economic and socio-cultural development of the country.   

Core values

  • Equity
  • Tolerance and mutual respect
  • Scholarship
  • Quality
  • Accountability
  • Academic freedom

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The KIE multipurpose hall

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Inside KIE’s multipurpose hall

Academic programmes

  1. 1. Faculty of Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) (Primary Teacher Education)

Pathways: Mathematics/Computer Science/Integrated Sciences/Languages: English, French, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda/Entrepreneurship/Social Studies/Foundation of Education


  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons)

  • Diploma in Education


  • Diploma in Education (Biology and Chemistry) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (Mathematics and Chemistry) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (Mathematics and Computer Sciences) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (Mathematics and Physic) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (English and French) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (English and Kinyarwanda) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (English and Kiswahili) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (Entrepreneurship) (Upper Basic)
  • Diploma in Education (Geography and History) (Upper Basic)

  1. 2. Faculty of Science

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) (Secondary)

Pathways: Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics/Computer Science/Physical Education &Sports.


  1. 3. Faculty of Arts & Languages


  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) (Secondary)

Pathways: English/French/Drama/Literature in English/Kinyarwanda/Kiswahili)


  1. 4. Faculty of Social Sciences & Business Studies

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) (Secondary)

Pathways: History/Geography/Economics/Entrepreneurship


  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons), Professional Police Studies (PPS)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)

Pathways: Accounting & Finance/Management/ Marketing


  • Bachelor of Office Administration & Management (Hons)


School of Postgraduate Studies & Research

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCL THE)
  • Msc/ MRes in Social Educational Research Methods;
  • Master’s of Social Sciences (Gender & Development);
  • Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction;
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education.



Graduands at a recent graduation ceremony


  1. a. Centre for Academic Practice & Development (CAPD):
  • Leadership Programmes & Staff Development;
  • Consultancy services;
  • English Proficiency Programme (Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced);
  • Diploma/Certificate of Continuing Professional Development in Special Need Education;
  • Training in Early Childhood Development
  • Intensive Training in Customer Care


  1. b. Centre for Gender, Culture & Development (CGCD)

Certificate for Continuing Professional Development (Gender & Development)

  1. c. Centre for Open Distance & E-Learning (CODEL)

  • Department of Distance Education Programme

Diploma in Education (Mathematics & Physics/Biology & Chemistry/History & Geography/English &French/Entrepreneurship (Upper Basic).

  • Department of Tele – Education


MBA HR & Marketing; MA in Tourism; Masters of Finance & Control; MBA in International Business; Master’s of Sciences in Information Technology; Postgraduate Diploma  in IT, Diploma  in Early Child Care &Education,  Diploma in HIV/AIDS & Family Education, Bachelor’s of Tourism Studies, BSc IT,  Bachelors in Finance & Investment & Analysis.

  1. d. Inclusive Education Services

The first students with disabilities were admitted in KIE in January 2008 and they are included in the mainstream education system, thanks to the Government which is committed to equity in access to Education.

  1. e. Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute at KIE (CIKIE) in Rwanda is a non-profit institute aimed at promoting Chinese language & culture as well as promoting mutual development & enhancing culture & academic collaboration & exchanges between Rwanda & China.

For further details, please contact:


Kigali Institute of Education

P.O. Box 5039, Kigali-Rwanda,

Tel: +250 255100591/252586823

Fax: +250 252586890,




One Response to “The Kigali Institute of Education (KIE)”

  1. Mbabazi norah says:

    Am Mbabazi Norah a student of year 1 at Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK)
    in management.I would like to know if after finishing my year one at INILAK and getting transfer i may be
    allowed join Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). in business management as a 2end year student.


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