Government Sign New Agreement to Improve Quality of Higher Education

The government of Rwanda through the ministry of education and HES SO Valais University from Switzerland today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance capacity and quality in higher education. The memorandum, which provides a framework for cooperation in high learning institutions quality assurance, was signed by Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri, the minister of education and Francois Seppey, the director of HES SO Valais University. The HES SO Valais University is a leading hub of skills and innovation, preparing students for the world of work, and contributing both to economic and social development and to the creation of jobs within the Canton region.
Hon. Minister of education, Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri and Francois Seppey, the director of HES SO Valais University, signing an MoU
Yesterday, Rwanda’s Prime Minister Dr. Edourd Ngirente announced the government it will create 1.5 million jobs in the next seven years. To bridge the gap, the Prime Minister said one of the strategies will be investing heavy in skills development. According to Education Minister Dr. Papias Musafiri, the MoU between his ministry and HES SO Valais is an added advantage. “The main objective of the MoU is to support into increasing the quality of education in local higher learning institutions to at least to the level of Swiss universities such as HES SO Valais in the next five years,” he noted. He added that the partnership is a significant contribution towards the strengthening and building of capacity in the country in response to the challenge of developing human resources in local higher institutions of learning. “This partnership with HES SO Valais will provide technical assistance to higher institutions of learning in establishing quality assurance systems in different higher institutions of learning,” he said. According to Minister Musafiri, the partnership between the government of Rwanda and HES SO Valais University is unique and spans several sectors in scope and includes linkages to a number of institutions across the country. “Institutions that teach best practices, measured in global terms, are critical for any country in the world however well-developed it is,” said Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri at the signing ceremony.
Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri, Hon. Minister of education and Hon. Minister of State in charge of TVET Mr. Olivier Rwamukwaya with the Swiss team
The ministry of education has been working with HES SO Valais University. The University already signed a MoU with the former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in 2012. “We look forward to continue closely work with HES SO Valais University for mutual benefits through the realization of the current and future projects,’ Francois Seppey a Director at the University said. “Building institutional capacity in Rwanda in education is a goal which we have shared since we started our discussions and the agreement that was signed today with regard to Higher Education enters directly into this area. We are ready to play our part as per MoU,” he added.
Posing for a group photo

The government of Switzerland also support the ministry of education in different areas. For instance, in 2014, directors from HES SO Valais University and its Swiss partner Foundation for sustainable development in mountain regions (FDDM) came to Rwanda.

 

That year, they designed and submitted to Swiss Agency for development and cooperation (SDC) to support Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) West.

The above collaboration resulted into a number of projects including micro hydropower plants, solar panels, biogas and hospitality were selected as fields of collaboration. These projects are being fine-tuned.