854 graduated today, Thursday 5th March 2020 at INES-Ruhengeri, graduation ceremony is good moment for institution, graduands, partners and students all come together and enjoy the results of the whole academic journey. Enjoying the results and shaping new vision and projection for institution.
INES has now 7,632 alumni at the market graduated in different programs of INES-Ruhengeri.
This year’s graduation ceremony is under the theme: “shifting from paper to product”. The choice of this theme was inspired by the strong will of INES-Ruhengeri to impart an education which contributes to the current job creation need. Obtaining a degree is an important step but it is not the finality. Students are called to focus their attention on acquisition of knowledge, competences, attitude and capacity to creatively come up with new ideas susceptible of being transformed into products and new businesses.
To facilitate students in teaching and learning, INES has project initiated strategic plan for 2019-2024 with three driving keys.
- Internationalization: Promoting quality education cannot succeed without benchmarking the standards. INES has developed strategies to internationalize its programs but also to versify its community. For the academic year 2019-2020, 135 foreign students from 8 countries are registered in different programs of INES. Academic staff also comes from different countries in the region and beyond. Distance learning facilities have opened to more internationalization opportunities. Projects on staff and staff exchange have become part and parcel of teaching and learning process.
- Digitalization: INES has decided to tap into digital revolution opportunities through the development of INES Smart campus. This is the best way of efficient service delivery. It is also the best shortcut to opportunities across the world. To move with the fourth industrial revolution and digital world, the University adopted technology in its teaching with all programs digitized including the library and laboratories. Students are therefore exposed to the internet across the campus that is acquired through fiber optic. The fastest broad band free wireless internet is installed to provide students with full time internet. Time is always secured for students who want to use computer laboratories.
- Bridging academia and industry: The mutual blame between academia and industry is overdue. INES has created an office in charge of coordinating all the initiatives that are related to collaboration between academia and industry. The office ensures the entire programs partner with specific institutions and companies. Industrial attachments are well coordinated in close collaboration with the mentors and the identified gaps are taken into consideration during programs review. Programs review and new programs initiatives are conducted in close collaboration with the industry.
In its efforts to contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation, INES is currently focusing on imparting entrepreneurial education for employment creation.
It is in this regard that the selected theme of this graduation ceremony is «shifting from paper to product». This means that the primary motivation of INES graduates is expected not to be the degree they receive upon completion of their studies but instead what products they can generate from the competences acquired.
Vice Chancellor, Fr Dr Fabien HAGENIMANA when welcoming the guests said to the Graduands that INES-Ruhengeri is ever proud of you and confident in the success of your coming professional life. You only need to believe in yourself and keep this quote of Albert Einstein in mind: “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Mayor of Musanze district thanked the management of INES-Ruhengeri for the good collaboration with district. “INES-Ruhengeri is big and important partner of Northern Province and Musanze district in particular” said NUWUMUREMYI Jeannine Mayor of Musanze
Jean Baptiste HABANABAKIZE, who spoke on behalf of the graduates, assured that that they had acquired skills, knowledge, competences, attitude and capacity to create jobs and compete favorably on the job market.
When addressing to the audience, His Lordship Vincent HAROLIMANA INES Chancellor and Legal Representative thanked all partners of INES among them the government of Rwanda. He equally emphasized on the mission and vision of INES and it’s orientation of being Institute of Applied Sciences, its teaching methodologies, practical based teaching. “Focusing on applied sciences was in line with commitment to build capacity of students and training professionals who are competent at the labour market and also able to create jobs for them and employ others,” he said.
He explained in clear terms the theme of this 11th graduation which is “shifting from paper to product”; His Lordship Vincent HAROLIMANA told to the audience that INES-Ruhengeri wants to be the leading university in practical skills. He concluded by wishing good day to the audience.
Congratulations to the Graduates of the class 2018/2019