Senior Management

• The Vice Chancellor
• The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of academic affairs and research
• The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of finance
• The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of administration
• The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of institutional advancement

Prof. Nelson Ijumba
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Research), University Of Rwanda

Educational History

University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania

  • Completed 1977
  • Bachelor of Science - Honours (B.Sc. - Hons)
  • Completed 1988
  • Registered Engineer (Tanzania)

University of Salford, United Kingdom

  • Completed 1979
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Completed 1990
  • Registered Engineer (Kenya)

University of Strathclyde, Scotland

  • Completed 1987
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Completed 1995


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Research) provides leadership in achieving the University’s strategic goals in learning and teaching as well as for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and systems to maintain and enhance the University’s achievements and overall research performance.

Professor Nelson Ijumba holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. Previously he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Professor of Electrical Engineering. His affiliations include, Professional Engineer, Registered Engineer in both Kenya and Tanzania, Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), Fellow at SA Academy of Engineering, Senior member at SA Institute of Electrical Engineering, member of Academy of Sciences of South Africa and also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - the world’s largest organization for professional Engineers. He has served on various positions in higher education in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

Ms. Françoise Kayitare Tengera
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance, University Of Rwanda

Contact Information

P.O Box 4285 Kigali-Rwanda.
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Ms Françoise Kayitare Tengera, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Finance has an oversight responsibility over finances, corporate services, procurement and the University Single Projects Implementation Unit (SPIU).

Prior to this, she worked for the University of Rwanda-College of Business and Economics as the Acting Principal. She was also a lecturer and Head of Department of Finance which is the largest department in the School of Business in the same College.

A part from that, she is Board member and Director for different institutions including Rwanda Social Security Board, ActionAid Rwanda, INATEK (Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Education of Kibungo), RIM s.a (Reseau Interdiocésain de Microfinance) and Don Bosco Initiative.

Tengera secured a presidential scholarship to carry out her postgraduate studies in Oklahoma Christian University (USA) where she graduated with a master’s degree in Business Administration, with specialization in Finance.

Her passion is to impact young people with the quality education towards improving their lives and contribute to the development of their families and to the nation as a whole. In 2012, despite being a junior academic staff, Tengera was selected by her peers as the best employee of the year thanks to her zeal and academic commitment.

Amb. Dr. Charles MURIGANDE
Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Institutional Advancement, University Of Rwanda

Prior to being appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Institutional Advancement, Ambassador Dr. Charles MURIGANDE served as Ambassador of Rwanda to Japan with concurrent accreditation to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the Philippines from August 2011 to April 2015.

Ambassador Dr. Charles MURIGANDE has also held various Ministerial portfolios in the Government of Rwanda, including Education (2009-2011), Cabinet Affairs (2008-2009), Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2002-2008) and Transport and Communication (1995-1997). He served as an Advisor to the President of Rwanda (1994-1995). He was elected as Secretary General of the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) in February 1998 and reelected in December 2001.

Ambassador Dr. Charles MURIGANDE obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics (summa cum laude) from University of Namur (former Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de Namur), Belgium, in 1986. He then successively worked as Scientific Advisor at the Geographic Institute of Burundi (1986-1988) and Researcher at Howard University in Washington D.C (1989-1994) where he held the post of Director of the Biostatistics Unit of Howard University Cancer Center and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Probability in the Department of Mathematics. Ambassador Dr. Charles MURIGANDE has also served as Rector (i.e. Vice-Chancellor) of the former National University of Rwanda (1997-1998). He has published several papers in international peer-reviewed journals and holds the rank of Associate Professor from the former National University of Rwanda (now University of Rwanda).

His contact information : Ambassador Dr. Charles MURIGANDE
Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Institutional Advancement, University of Rwanda.
P.O Box 4285 Kigali-Rwanda.
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Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri
Deputy-Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Administration, University Of Rwanda

Dr. Papias M. Musafiri is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Administration (DVC-SPA) at the University of Rwanda (UR). Prior to his appointment as the DVC-SPA, he was a member of Cabinet of Rwanda as the Minister of Education. Musafiri was also the Principal of College of Business and Economics ; the University of Rwanda. Besides, he is formerly the Director of Policy, Research, and Strategy at Rwandan Higher Education Council and Director of General Services in the Ministry of Justice. He serves as President and member in several Boards of Directors both at national and regional levels.

Dr. Musafiri has over 20 years experience as academician actively engaged in Teaching, Research and Consultancy in institutions of higher learning in the areas of finance, accounting, and economics. While working as an academic staff at the institutions of higher learning, he has also been constantly involved in academic leadership and administration duties at senior management positions including that of : Principal, Vice Rector Academic, Director of Planning, Director of Administration and Human Resources Management ; Dean of Graduate Studies ; Dean Faculty of Management ; Head of Department and Industrial Attachment Liaison Officer.

Dr. Musafiri received his Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Management at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Finance and Information Technology from the School of Business at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT - Roorkee). He has Doctor of Philosophy in Finance from VIT University.

Contact information :
Dr. Papias M. Musafiri
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Administration, University of Rwanda.
P.O Box 4285 Kigali-Rwanda.
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