Rwanda Polytechnic ( RP) on October 25,2019 graduated 2398 students at its third graduation at Kigali and celebrated the certification of 1784 trainers who underwent the program of the Rwanda TVET Trainer Institute ( RTTI) since 2018.
Among 2398 graduands, males were 1792 while females were 606. Furthermore, the trainers who were certified were those who have been trained on Competency –Based Training and Assessment (CBT/CBA).
During the graduation ceremony held at Kigali Arena, the graduating students were awarded Diploma and Advanced Diploma certificates after the completion of studies in different programs in the academic year 2018/2019 in eight constituent colleges of RP.
RP has eight constituent colleges designated as “Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges” (IPRCs) which are IPRC Gishari, IPRC Huye , IPRC Karongi, IPRC Kigali, IPRC Kitabi , IPRC Musanze, IPRC Ngoma and IPRC Tumba.
Prior to this third graduation, RP graduated 2 cohorts respectively 1882 on 28th June 2018 and 2088 on 21st March 2019.
The field of study for the graduating students on 25th October were namely Civil Engineering, Irrigation and Water Engineering, Agriculture Engineering, Hospitality Management, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Tourism, Forest Resources Management , Mechanical Engineering , Information and Communication Technology , Mining Engineering.
The Vice Chancellor of RP Dr. James Gashumba acknowledged the efforts that the government has been putting in TVET for transforming Rwandan youth into competitive and skilled workforce for both regional and global labor market.
Dr, Gashumba went on to express gratitude to different parterners who have been cooperating with RP in advancing TVET.
“In a very special way I wish to recognize and thank all our development parterners who are contributing a lot to the achievement of RP mission and the companies which have responsed positively to our calling for sponsoring the event and awarding corporate prizes to the best performing students in different fields and programs,” He said
The Minister of Education Dr. Eugene Mutimura who was the guest of honor said that the government of Rwanda is very committed to supporting TVET as major area and there were many vibrant opportunities to support innovations that will help TVET as a sector to grow.
Addressing the graduating students, he said: ‘’ Your graduation is not only a crowning stage of a very long & hard journey of study & training ,but also a start of new challenges of what you can do with the package of competencies you acquired throughout your stay at Rwanda Polytechnic”
Other items of the graduation ceremony included the presentation of awards to the best performers who were awarded in 3 different categories.
The first category was made of 8 graduates from 8 IPRCs who scored the highest marks in their respective colleges. The second was made of two females graduates, who performed very well in programs related to STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The third category of award was for an innovation project which has been made by 3 brilliant graduates.
The best performers were awarded Five hundred thousand Rwandan Francs
The representative of the graduating students Olivier Iradukunda who completed his studies at IPRC Kigali requested more cooperation between RP and private sector for easy access to internership to improve professionalism and competitiveness.
He went on to say “ Graduates from IPRCs are capable of being job creators but they need more support through incubation centers that can cater for different training areas offered by Rwanda Polytechnic”.