According to Prof Alfred Bizoza who is the ENTRUST team leader, the collaboration will trigger quality services to the Rwandan Citizens in addressing the most pressing challenges that fall into REMA mandate. The move will also see the link between research and policy strengthened mainly in the area of environment and sustainable development by ensuring that conducted research can effectively inform the evidence based policy making.
“The collaboration is in line with the University mandate to educate and produce high qualified graduates who would support the policy formulation and its implementation” Bizoza said.
“Primarily as a public institution, our priority should be to address challenges that Rwanda is confronted with” said Murigande who is UR Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.
Speaking on the occasion, Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, the Director General of REMA hailed the collaboration which will complement the vision 2050 and other international and national obligation that her institution wants to achieve. Ruhamya further stated that the initiative will promote local researchers who are much reliable since they understand the culture and context of the country in which they are operating from.
The collaboration will result into research with direct link to policy in thematic research areas such as:
- Agro ecology intensification and agro diversity
- Climate Change and Variability
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem.