On Tuesday, 16 th November 2021, an international workshop took place at S. Elisabetta Auditorium, Parma University Campus ,in Italy. The workshop theme was ”The role of an Erasmus Plus capacity building project in the development of higher education in Rwanda”.
In the framework of the institutional agreements promoted by the University Center for International Cooperation (CUCI) of the University of Parma with some higher education institutions in Rwanda, the exchanges of teachers and students between Europe and Rwanda are becoming increasingly intense.
These relationships have also intensified thanks to the recent funding of the Erasmus+ EnRHEd project, which involves 7 partner institutions, namely: University of Parma (Italy) (consortium leader) – UNIPR, University of Liège (Belgium) – ULIEGE , University of Applied Science of Cologne (Germany) – RFH , University of Rwanda (Rwanda) – UR , Institute of Applied Sciences INES-Ruhengeri (Rwanda) – INES, IPRC Polytechnic School of Musanze (Rwanda) – IPRC , University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (Rwanda) – UTAB.
“Thanks to EnRHEd Erasmus Plus project, internalization is moving well at INES-Ruhengeri and there is passion behind what is being done.”, Fr Dr. Fabien Hagenimana, Vice- Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri addressing to the workshop participants. He added that friendship is key to collaboration. Hence, there is a win- win in different ways of collaboration between North and South Universities.
In fact, the EnRHEd Erasmus Plus project has provided equipment that enables INES to interact internationally. The Project has also impacted the INES’ visibility. Due to the project equipment, INES-Ruhengeri has overcome the challenges of COVID 19 and went on its teaching activities. Moreover, the skills in curriculum preparation have been developed.
In particular, the workshop intended to lay the foundations for strengthening cooperation and collaboration activities in the fields of research, training, teaching between European and Rwandan higher education institutions.