College Principals

Principal CAVM

Dr Laetitia Nyinawamwiza is appointed the Principal of the College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Rwanda (UR-CAVM) since October 2013.

Born in DRC, Dr Laetitia Nyinawamwiza studied primary school in Bujumbura-Burundi. Back in DRC for high school, she received secondary school Certificate in Biology and chemistry at College Alfajiri, a prestigious Jesuite science college in Bukavu. She obtained an advanced diploma in applied science education (teacher of applied sciences ; biology and chemistry). After the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, she had a chance to come in her mother country where she completed a B.Sc. degree in Biology from National University of Rwanda.

She worked as head of science laboratories and Tutorial Assistant at National University of Rwanda before she had admitted in MSc in freshwater ecology at University of Namur in Belgium, where she continued her PhD in animal production. Her thesis focused on assessing the potential of local-agro-industrial by-products in fish nutrition and production ; contributing to environmental Aquaculture. After PhD, she joined the Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Rwanda, as lecturer, Head of animal production Department, researcher and coordinating international research and development projects.

In 2011 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in aquatic resources management. While on Post Doc. focusing on Biodiversity and Ecological Functioning of Lake Kivu, she was appointed by the cabinet as Vice Rector in charge of Academic Affairs, then Rector of the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (ISAE ; Institut Superieur d’Agriculture et Elevage).

Furthermore, she was nominated Member of the audit committee of the East African Council of High Education. She is currently serving as Member of the board of directors of the Rwanda Council of High Education ; Deputy chairperson of the board of directors of Institute of Applied Sciences (INES-Ruhengeri) ; deputy chairperson of the board of directors of the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), technical advisor on different task forces.

As the Principal of UR-CAVM, Dr Laetitia Nyinawamwiza assumes her duties and responsibilities geared to academic excellence, whilst coordinating several teams to write strategic and grant proposals for university and stakeholders. She mentors and advises researchers, lecturers, students, Alumni, and agriculture sector stakeholders with an emphasis on women and girls to mainstream gender equality in the sector. Dr Laetitia is the University of Rwanda gender champion. Dr laetitia was awarded by CEO-Global 2017-2018 as Africa’s most influential women in business and government. Education and training : academic, category.
She is a passionate Educationist and researcher

Principal CE

Prof. George K. Njoroge is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and the Principal, University of Rwanda College of Education. He served for five years as the Rector of former Kigali Institute of Education, one of the seven initial Higher Learning Institutions that were merged in 2013 to create the University of Rwanda. He is a mathematician and a philosopher of education with extensive knowledge, experience and leadership responsibilities in the education sector spanning 31 years. He has previously served as a Head of Department, Deputy Dean, Dean, and Vice Rector Academic. Over that period he has been involved in change management and reform in the education sector through involvement in numerous committees and task forces including the University of Rwanda Transition Taskforce.

Prof. Njoroge is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University both in Kenya and holds a PhD in Philosophy of Education. His PhD thesis was on a Critique of John Dewey’s theory of work and leisure with a special reference to education in Kenya. He has attended and contributed to numerous seminars, workshops and conferences at national, regional and international levels. He is a published academic and is the co-author of the book titled : The Democratization Process in Africa (2001), and co-editor of Education, Gender, and Democracy in Kenya (2001) and author of Philosophy of Education for Universities and Colleges (in press) His area of research interest is on philosophical examination of education in all its dimensions and response to human challenges.

Acting Principal CMHS

Office Location : Remera Campus
E-mail : jkagwiza@yahoo.fr

Biography :

Dr. Kagwiza Jeanne is currently a senior lecturer and the Acting Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda (CMHS, UR). She is a physiotherapist by professional and holds a PhD degree. Her PhD studies focused on holistic rehabilitation which uses biopsycho-social model and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), as a need to improve comprehensive health care for people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (PLWH) on Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) and with associated disability. In 2011 she won an award from the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship “ADDRF”, for her PhD research. In addition, Dr. Kagwiza holds an advanced diploma in Medical Education and a postgraduate certificate in counseling. She has interests in rehabilitation, community projects and inter-professional education, and her research interests are in disability and comprehensive rehabilitation that involves multidisciplinary team and that aims at interdisciplinary collaboration.

In 2000, Dr. Kagwiza joined the former Kigali Health Institute which later became the College of Medicine and Health Sciences after the establishment of the University of Rwanda. Since then, she has been involved in various undergraduate teaching, research supervision and community attachment, and together with some of her colleagues from physiotherapy department, they initiated community based rehabilitation project in selected districts in Rwanda. The program initiated serves to create awareness about disability and imparts physiotherapy graduates with knowledge and skills about community based rehabilitation. She also served as the Head of Physiotherapy Department, for several years, and initiated new academic programs ; physiotherapy bridging program, commenced 2009, advanced diploma in Orthopaedic Technology, commenced 2011 and BSc Occupational Therapy to start soon. Dr. Kagwiza served as a member of the Board of Directors for the former Kigali Health Institute (KHI), and currently, she is a fellow and member of several international bodies, namely, member of Rwandan Association for Physiotherapists, Africa Confederation for Physiotherapists and World Confederation for Physiotherapists. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Africa Federation for Orthopaedics Technicians (FATO) and member of Pan African Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics Schools, and training Institutions. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Africa Organisation for the Development of Centres for People living with disability “OADCPH”, Member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), Member of the Board of Action Aid, Rwanda, Fellow of LEAD Africa/LEAD international Organisation and African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF).

Acting Principal CBE

Dr. Gasheja Fautin (PhD) is currently the Acting Principal at University of Rwanda-College of Business and Economics (UR-CBE). He has done a lot Research and Consultancy in various socio-economic studies. From October 2015 up-to-now, he is a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Consultant at UR-CBE. In September 2016, he offered training on Project Management to the MININFRA Staff. He was a senior consultant in June 2016 at MININFRA for MINI-GRID SURVEY. I

n March 2016, he was offering training on Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Performance Based Budgeting at Rwanda National Police. From October 2014 to February, he was involved as a senior consultant in an assessment of Rwanda’s Agricultural Production, Climate Change, Agricultural Trade and Food Security. From November 2011 to February 2012, Dr. Gasheja was a senior consultant of South African Institute of International Affairs on Identification of Obstacles Faced by the Private Sector study conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In April 2012, he was involved in the study of the Sugar Industry as consultant of South African Institute of International Affairs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Therefore, Dr. Gasheja has gathered extensive research experience as a lead consultant and has published in multiple venues, including articles more than three peer reviewed journal of Economics and additionally, he has done several paper presentations at national, regional and international conferences.

Principal CST

Dr. Ignace GATARE currently serves as the Principal of the College of Science and Technology of the University of Rwanda. Prior to his appointment as Principal, Dr. GATARE served as the Director General of the Rwanda National Commission of Science and Technology (NCST), a public institution serving as a think-tank and advisory board to the Rwanda Government on issues pertaining to the development of science, technology, research, and innovation. He also served in the Government of Rwanda as Minister in Charge of Information and Communications Technology, from November 2009 until April 2012. He is currently a member of governing bodies of various national and international institutions and projects including :

* Chairman of Regulatory Board of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority,
* Member of the joint advisory board of Carnegie Mellon University – Rwanda Campus.
* Member of the Advisory Committee of the GEONET project, an initiative of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM
* Member of the steering committee of the Integrated Biological Control Applied Research Program (IBCARP), a project run by the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, KENYA
* Member of the Program Advisory Committee of BioInnovate Africa, ICIPE, Nairobi, KENYA
*Rwanda National Coordinator for AFRA.

Dr. Gatare holds a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Sciences with specialization in Photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).