On February 17, 2020, at the Institute of Applied Sciences INES-Ruhengeri, the kick-off meeting of the Erasmus Plus EnRHEd project (Enhancement of Rwandan higher education in strategic fields for sustainable growth), was held.
The meeting was attended by the delegations of the three European Universities involved in the Project: from the University of Parma (Italy): Roberto Valentino, project coordinator, Gabriele Costantino, Davide Barbanti, Marco D’Oria, Silvia Rossetti, Paolo Ciampolini, Filippo Merusi, Alessandro Bernazzoli, and Enathe Murekabiri; from Rheinische Fachhochschule – University of Applied Sciences of Cologne (Germany): Luciana Stortoni, Stefan Ludwigs and Thomas Barth; from Université de Liège (Belgium): Roland Billen and Frederic Collin.
Five students, coming from Parma University, have joined the teachers and will spend in Rwanda a period of 3 months dedicated to internship and research activities.
Were also present the representatives of the four Rwandan institutions involved in the project: the University of Rwanda, INES-Ruhengeri Institute of Applied Sciences, IPRC – Musanze and the University of Art and Technology of Byumba.
The event was attended by the Deputy European Ambassador in Rwanda, Ben Nupnau, and the delegates of some Rwandan governmental institutions dealing with the management and protection of the territory, also involved in the activities of the project.
The Rector of the University of Parma, which is the leader institution, Paolo Andrei sent a letter to the partners in which, among other things, he stressed that “the University of Parma is very proud to be the leading institution of this important project, which allows all of us to contribute to the realization of a small piece of European policies in the field of learning development all over the world”.
The ‘EnRHEd’ project includes two specific fields of interest for sustainable development: food science and technology on the one hand and environmental protection, management and land planning on the other. In these fields, the project has four ambitious objectives, to be achieved in three years:
- To support the modernization of Rwandan institutions through the revision of the current university programs and the improvement of the didactic approach;
- To implement new degree and PhD programs;
- To create a platform for digital didactics;
- To promote the internationalization of educational paths, through training of technical-administrative staff of Rwandan institutions.
The activities of the project will be developed mainly through the mobility of both academic and administrative staff and students between European and Rwandan institutions.