Board Chairperson Prof. Paul Davenport addressed UR Students
The Chairman of the UR Board of Governors held a meeting with students that took place on Thursday 6th/04/2017 at the UR-College of Science and Technology auditorium and was attended by the University of Rwanda Vice Chancellor Prof. Phil Cotton and the resident Principal for Nyarugenge campus and the Ag.Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences Dr. Jeanne Kagwiza who officially welcomed the visitor on behalf of the campus staff and students.
Prof. Paul DavenPort who is also the Board Chairperson and President Emeritus, Western University; Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, Order of Canada and an alumni of the prestigious Stanford University, USA explained to students that the university management is engaging the government through discussions to address the financial challenges that the university is facing due to budget cuts and financial deficits that have made some of the planned activities not realized and this has an impact on the overall performance of students and staff and university in general.
In his welcoming remarks the Vice Chancellor thanked the Chairman for finding time within his busy schedule to address students who represented fellow UR students at large. The VC emphasized the importance of upholding high morals and ethics of a high standing adding that neglect of duties and responsibilities from both students and staff has no room in the University of Rwanda. He mentioned that preparation for the next academic calendar is in advanced stages. “We aim at having the product of UR an enviable one and have everyone associated with brand UR be proud of being part it”. The VC promised students that the University is doing whatever is in its means to make the learning environment conducive for them and requested students to uphold the high moral dignity of the country. Statistics indicate that the University of Rwanda takes up more than 40% of all Higher Learning Institution Students admitted every year. The VC encouraged students to make good use of online journals and research papers that are available in the campus library to overcome shortages of some hard copy books in some particular programmes that require lengthy processes to be procured.
In a question and answer session, students had a forum to raise the numerous challenges they face while at university such as the way internships are managed, insufficient library stocks for new publications and books for some programmes, general hygiene in some campus corners, need for sufficient infrastructure for them to be well prepared to be taught and examined, be given part time roles and be involved in university construction projects for engineering and architecture students to improve their hands on skills and get them part time employment to earn some income for their upkeep. The University management promised to address and follow up on the issues raised by the students.
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