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ULK/GISENYI CAMPUS OFFICIALLY INTEGRATES THE NEW STUDENTS
Year in year out, universities and institutions of higher learning operating in Rwanda take time to integrate new students before they can verse into different courses scheduled for their respective programmes. It is in this perspective that today 5th October 2018, Kigali Independent University ULK/Gisenyi Campus officially integrated its fresher students known as “Intore nshya”. Prior to this official integration were activities which lasted five consecutive days (i.e. from Monday 1st October 20 up to early today Friday 5th October 2018). The activities were in line with a special week dubbed “induction week.” Throughout this induction week, the new students were briefed on various topics aiming at acquainting them with their rights and obligations as students. Topics addressing the government’s policies and programmes were not left aside. It is in this framework that different government officials, especially from the district level, made it to the campus in the course of the induction week to brief the meet the new students and brief them. Additionally, the new students were led to perform certain physical and mental activities related to building unity, developing endurance, patriotism, problem-solving ability and the like.

Upon entering the main hall of the campus, the new students were warmly welcomed by upper classes students as well as the staff. It was indeed a ceremony rich in colours. As a matter of fact, the new students performed sketches, among other activies, in a view to thrill the audience and demonstrate their mastery of knowledge and skills that had been imparted to them along the induction week.

Speaking on the occasion, the senior most of the campus Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, Academic Director and Coordinator of Master’s Programme of ULK/Gisenyi Campus, enthusiastically thanked the new students for having decided to join university studies and taken ULK as the university where their dream must come true.
“On this special day of yours, I wish to thank you on behalf of ULK community and on my own behalf for the great decision you took to embark on university studies here at ULK. Indeed, it is a decision you cannot regret. You will all agree with me that education is the most important investment. It is therefore no wonder that benefits or gains are awaiting you,” he said.
Still in his address, Mr. ISHEMA Pierre also thanked the new students for having devoted themselves to the induction week’s activities, in these words:
“All this week long your trainers introduced you to various activities. Some of those activities called for your endurance. Thank you very much indeed for your successful completion. Now that you have made it, you are worthy of our thanks and congratulations. Feel now at home because you are no longer fresher, you are now Intore mu zindi.”

In his address, the Guest of honour, Mr. MUGISHA Francois, Chairman of Intore in Rubavu District, specifically shed light on what must characterize a real Intore.
“It goes without saying that you are now Intore integrated among the other Intore. Plus, the Gild President has just signed, on behalf of all the Intore under his lead, performance contracts. You must take your new position of Intore seriously and ascertain you comply with what is expected from you. As from now onward, you should be the light and role model to people you live with outside there by being heroes, patriots, peace-makers, problem solvers, just to mention among others,” he was quoted saying.
It is on the Guest of honour’s note that the ceremony climaxed.

http://www.ulk.ac.rw/news/ulk-gisenyi-campus-officially-integrates-new-students/
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ULK UNVEILS THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
In a glamorous event that had attracted people from all backgrounds of life, Kigali Independent University ULK along with ULK Polytechnic Institute officially launched the new academic year 2018-2019 on 1st October, 2018.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, the Chancellor of ULK, expressed his gratitude to the management of ULK for launching the new academic year and make it coincide with the Introduction Week through which new students are morally trained so as to study while upholding ethical values.
“I’d like to wholeheartedly thank the management of ULK for a smooth preparation of the Induction Week through which new students will be civically trained on values and taboos. It is a week that will undoubtedly be beneficial to whoever will take part in its activities”, he said
Dr. Karambizi Sylvestre, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic assured the students that they will live to rejoice for the best choice they made when they joined ULK. He also said that ULK Polytechnic is equipped enough to offer the knowledge and skills a student needs to better fit on the market place.
“ULK Polytechnic is fully equipped and has the best lecturers who sharpen students’ minds in technical fields. To this, I’m pleased to let you know that you will never regret the best choice you made when you joined us”, he assured them.
The Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel urged the students to always strive for taking the lead in doing things instead of watching others do things.
“There are three categories of people; those who make things happen, those who see things happening and those who wonder how things happen. Always strive to belong to the first category and make things happen to change the world around you”, he told the students.
The Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, told the students that they should use the top class resources available at the campus to truly meet their aspirations. He gave them six tips that make a student academically excellent. He said those six tips should go hand in hand with ethical values to better become effective.
“You should couple ethical values with six elements for you to batter become quality students. The six elements are regular class participation, personal regular study, group work, the mastery of English skills, the mastery of ICT skills; reading books either in the physical or digital library.”
Still on this event, six debaters who won the first and third places in the recently concluded Debate Championship here in Rwanda were shown to the public and appreciated. The three debaters will soon fly to Tanzania to represent Rwanda as a whole in the Pan-African Debate Championship.
The event climaxed in a word of prayer said by the Founder and president of ULK.
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ULK UNVEILS THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
In a glamorous event that had attracted people from all backgrounds of life, Kigali Independent University ULK along with ULK Polytechnic Institute officially launched the new academic year 2018-2019 on 1st October, 2018.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, the Chancellor of ULK, expressed his gratitude to the management of ULK for launching the new academic year and make it coincide with the Introduction Week through which new students are morally trained so as to study while upholding ethical values.
“I’d like to wholeheartedly thank the management of ULK for a smooth preparation of the Induction Week through which new students will be civically trained on values and taboos. It is a week that will undoubtedly be beneficial to whoever will take part in its activities”, he said
Dr. Karambizi Sylvestre, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic assured the students that they will live to rejoice for the best choice they made when they joined ULK. He also said that ULK Polytechnic is equipped enough to offer the knowledge and skills a student needs to better fit on the market place.
“ULK Polytechnic is fully equipped and has the best lecturers who sharpen students’ minds in technical fields. To this, I’m pleased to let you know that you will never regret the best choice you made when you joined us”, he assured them.
The Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel urged the students to always strive for taking the lead in doing things instead of watching others do things.
“There are three categories of people; those who make things happen, those who see things happening and those who wonder how things happen. Always strive to belong to the first category and make things happen to change the world around you”, he told the students.
The Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, told the students that they should use the top class resources available at the campus to truly meet their aspirations. He gave them six tips that make a student academically excellent. He said those six tips should go hand in hand with ethical values to better become effective.
“You should couple ethical values with six elements for you to batter become quality students. The six elements are regular class participation, personal regular study, group work, the mastery of English skills, the mastery of ICT skills; reading books either in the physical or digital library.”
Still on this event, six debaters who won the first and third places in the recently concluded Debate Championship here in Rwanda were shown to the public and appreciated. The three debaters will soon fly to Tanzania to represent Rwanda as a whole in the Pan-African Debate Championship.
The event climaxed in a word of prayer said by the Founder and president of ULK.
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ULK and ULK Polytechnics officially start their academic year 2018-2019 and Induction week for ongoing students with the presence of the Founder and President of ULK Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA BALINDA, and Chancellor of ULK Prof. Dr. KALISA MBANDA
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ULK DEBATERS ARE THIS YEAR’S DEBATE CHAMPIONS IN RWANDA
In a competition that was organized by ASPIRE Debate Rwanda and ran from 14th to 15th September 2018 at the University of Kigali, ULK Debaters emerged the champions after knocking out all the participating universities from across the country.
Apart from enabling the debaters to think critically and speak in public, the competition revealed how informed the debaters are as far as democracy is concerned.
Since the competition format was to rely on the British parliamentary debate format, every university was allowed to field in as many teams as it wanted. This made it possible for two teams from Kigali Independent University ULK to reach the finals and they were both awarded as the champions and second run up at the end of the competition.
Asked to have a say after winning the countrywide competition, Mr. SHYAKA Jesse Rayson, one of the ULK debaters said that they went to the competition believing that they will scoop the trophy since they regularly sharpen their debate skills through reading and arguing on a number of topics.
“The culture of debates is part and parcel of what we do every day at ULK. We have a strong debate Club and our university provided us with facilities that enable us to properly sharpen our minds. Therefore, when we went to that competition, we already knew we were going to win it because we practice regularly and read a lot”, he was quoted as saying.
The whole competition covered two days before it came to its end. Throughout the competition, debaters exchanged on motions such as “ This house as an emerging democracy would suppress local media providers in favor of international media providers, This house believes that the west should prioritize stability over exporting democracy in foreign policy”, etc. ULK Debaters proved their debate prowess by garnering all the marks from the adjudicators.
Asked to express her feelings, KABANDA Erica, the President of the Debate Club, seemed to be missed of words and then she said that the spirit of working together as a team led to their victory.
“Beating all the universities from around the country isn’t something easy. It required us to work closely together as a team and exchange on the best way to respond to the attacks. I’m glad we convinced the adjudicators and they’ve announced us winners of this year’s debate Championship”, She proudly said.
After winning the trophies, ULK Debaters brought them and on Monday 17th September 2018, they presented the trophies to the management of the university.
In his congratulatory message, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, thanked the debaters for making ULK proud and pledged that the university will continue to do all it takes to support the debaters for more victories in the years to come.
“The management of the university is proud of you. You’ve made all of us proud by winning a big competition like this. Let me therefore reiterate that we will continue to do all in our power to support you so that this winning spirit may prevail”, he assured them.
At the end of trophy presenting session, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, expressed his satisfaction vis-à-vis the victory of the debaters and urged them to inspire even many other students so that this culture of debating may thrive.
“I’m proud of you debaters for the victory you’ve brought back to your university. You’ve really made all of us proud and I’d like to request you to keep that winning spirit by encouraging and inspiring your brothers and sisters to join the debate club”, he enthusiastically said.
Winning the national debate championship earned ULK debaters ticket to attend the Pan-African Debate Championship due in Dar es Salaam/ Tanzania in December this year. At this time, they will be representing Rwanda.



http://www.ulk.ac.rw/news/ulk-debaters-years-debate-champions-rwanda/
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