UR team up with EnergyVille and VITO to promote clean technology


The University of Rwanda sealed a vital partnership agreement with EnergyVille and VITO ; the two research institutions are based in Belgium. The tri-party collaboration will among others promote clean technology, devise actions on climate strategies while increasing the level of sustainability in the built environment and construction sector in Rwanda.

Discussions amid the MoU signing were led by UR Vice Chancellor Prof. Kayihura Didas who expressed his satisfaction for the new collaboration which according to him will propel knowledge in clean technology and sustainable development. This will potentially generate knowledge and expertise for UR staff and students towards climate change mitigation.

Representatives of EnergyVille and VITO were optimistic about upcoming positive results from the collaboration. Such was the remarks by the Carolin SPIRINCKX, Project Manager Circular and Sustainable Built Environment at VITO/EnergyVille and Walter EEVERS, Research and Development Director, VITO - Chair of Board of EnergyVille.

Previously Carolin SPIRINCKX and Walter EEVERS had held a public lecture dubbed “ Building a Sustainable Tomorrow : Navigating Rwanda’s built environment transition through Circular Economy strategies” which attracted students and staff mainly those in School of Engineering and the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the College of Science and Technology. It is in this college that the agreement will be implemented.

VITO has a primary focus in the areas of clean tech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. It also provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage and advises industries and governments on determining their policy for the future. EnergyVille has a facilitating and coordinating role in the research and innovation activities