Universities in Africa
Kigali Independent University
Kigali Independent University (ULK) is a Higher Learning Institution, created on 15th March 1996. ULK got its own status by the ministerial order of June 07th, 2002. ULK is destined to stand out as a remarkable university for excellence at the heart of Africa with highly motivated students and higher qualified personnel endowed with elevated ethical values. ULK also takes pride in its very modern infrastructures and equipments and endeavours to perfectly fulfill its mission before God. The fundamental mission of ULK is to provide people with training which enables them to become actors and organizers of a complete development of our nation. In this respect, research work is basically focused on topics of local, national and regional interests. In total, in 2011, ULK had 273 lecturers (permanent and part time). The number of students in ULK in 2011 rose to 12,201.
Despite ULK’s statute of “private institution”, meaning that it functions using its own means, ULK takes patience and allows gradual payments from students who do not have the capacity to pay school fees at once or by instalments.
Furthermore, RWIGAMBA BALINDA’s FOUNDATION finances students deprived of financial capacities with a grant (a loan), without any interest at Gisenyi Campus as well as at Kigali. Since its creation in 2001 up to now, the Foundation has granted bursaries to 2839 students so as they might complete the 4 years of university studies. The foundation has assisted 46 for masters programme among the teaching staff of ULK
PHILOSOPHY of ULK
ULK Philosophy is based on principles of having faith in God; knowing our mission on earth, having positive thinking and living ethical values.