Call for applications to the position of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Research

The University of Rwanda is seeking to appoint a Vice-Chancellor to provide strong leadership and creative direction for the years ahead. The appointment is for November 1, 2020, or a later date negotiated with the Board Chair. Candidates should be able to demonstrate :

  • A strong record of effective leadership of human, financial, and physical resources
  • Skill and experience in promoting excellence in teaching, research, administration and governance
  • Deep integrity in all matters : academic, financial, and communications

The University is also seeking a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Research, with an outstanding record of academic publications and a proven record of leadership in academic administration.

The University is the only public university in Rwanda. It was founded in 2013 by combining seven Public Higher Learning Institutions. It includes some 29,000 undergraduate students and some 1,400 postgraduate students. During the last five years the University has flourished under the creative and determined leadership of Vice Chancellor Philip Cotton OBE MD FRCGP, formerly Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Rwanda (2013-15), and Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Glasgow since 2010.

The Search Committee is led by the Chair of the Board of Governors, Dr. Paul Davenport, formerly President of two major Canadian universities, the University of Alberta (1989-94) and Western University in Ontario (1994-2009) ; email The University of Rwanda seeks to be a leading African university, recognized internationally for the quality of its teaching, research, and service to the national and international communities.

Please submit resumes and questions by email to Ms. Francoise Kayitare Tengera, DVC Finance ( ; ), with a copy to Mr. Emmy Arsonval Maniriho Secretary to the Search Committee ( Please indicate which of the two positions you are interested in. For further information, please consult the University of Rwanda website, Both searches remain open until successful candidates are found.

Done in Kigali, on 22nd July 2020.

Dr. Paul Davenport

Chair of the Board of Governors