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

Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Research), University Of Rwanda

Dr. Emile BIENVENU is a Pharmacist by training, holds a Master’s degree (Pharmacology) from University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and a PhD (Medical Science) from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in the area of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Emile BIENVENU combines research, academic and managerial skills.

Indeed, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. He also serves as University Director for Innovation since 2017. Previously at National University of Rwanda where he served as Lecturer, he has been the Executive Secretary for the University Research Office for six years (2002 to 2008). Dr. Emile BIENVENU also served as External Examiner at Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences in Tanzania until 2016.

From July 2011 until May 2013 he was the Head of Medical Procurement Division at Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC). Since 2009 to present, Dr. Emile BIENVENU is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) for which he is a Member since 2002. He also served as Member of the Board of Directors at Rwanda Military Hospital (2012 - 2018).

His research focuses on therapy optimization based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic considerations, especially for HIV and TB co-infection. He is the Country Principal Investigator of a 5-year EU/EDCTP funded research project (2028-2023) focusing on Pharmacovigilance in East Africa ( Currently, Dr. Emile BIENVENU graduated 1 PhD students, supervises 4 PhDs, and enrolled 3 new PhDs (2020). He authored a number of papers in peer-reviewed international Journals over the past 7 years. He is a Reviewer for a number of peer reviewed Journals.
Dr Emile BIENVENU is also an expert for hospital Drug & Therapeutic Committees (DTCs). He provided technical assistance as a resource person to the Ministry of Health in Rwanda (2006) in formulating the first editions of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Drug Formulary.

Dr. Emile BIENVENU combines his pharmacology research with commitments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In fact, he completed a research attachment at McGill University in Canada (2008), where he contributed to the project "The alternative modeling of Intellectual Property Systems in biotechnology innovation". Currently, he is the Country Principal Researtcher for a 4-year project (2020-2024) named “StArfrica - Startup Germany-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.

Dr. Beatrice YANZIGIYE
Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Institutional Advancement, University Of Rwanda

Prior her appointment as Ag. DVC for Institutional Advancement, Dr. Béatrice Yanzigiye served as Senior Lecturer at University of Rwanda-College of Education. She was also doubling as the Director of Confucius Institute, a position she held since 2009.

Yanzigiye is a committee member of Sembura Ferment littéraire, a Platform of Writers and Academicians in African Great Lakes Region which promotes the Teaching/Learning of Languages and Literature in the Region. She is also a member of Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture. 

She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature at Michel de Montaigne University/Bordeaux 3/ France. Her area of research focuses mainly on Language teaching in education and its impact on socioeconomic and on cultural industries Development. 

She is in the University of Rwanda-College of Education, Mentorship Committee Member from 2016 on Establishment of Technical and Professional Advisory Groups ; Assessment, Evaluation and Approval of Teaching. 

She is also a member of Capacity Building Development Team of School of Education aims at selecting candidates who want to pursue doctoral studies

Yanzigiye has several publications in recognized Journals such as GERFLINT (Synergies Afrique des Grands Lacs) ; Journal, DELLA Journal, Rwandan Journal of Education and Routledge& Taylor Group and Rwanda Education Journal. She has some contributions in several books published especially by Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture (RALC). 

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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