The number of students at University of Rwanda (UR) that have been struggling to complete education due to lack of means with dome dropping mid way, is likely to reduce following the launch of UR Solidarity and Development Fund initiated Friday.
The Fund was launched with Rwf14 million by University of Rwanda Alumni Association to help the 55 year old alma mater in its progress and especially help it’s vulnerable students.
It coincided with the celebration of 5 years of existence of the University of Rwanda from the former National University of Rwanda, which later merged with six other public.
In an interview with IGIHE, Dr Charles Murigande the UR Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, said that this Fund was established to attract support from the university alumni and friends towards the livelihoods of vulnerable students.
“We have the saddest cases. A student scores high grades, wants to do courses in line with what the government needs to strengthen, and approved sponsorship by High Education Commission because they belong to a certain Ubudehe category.
However, the student fails to study because of failing to raise Rwf60,000 for admission.”
Other than paying for their registration fees, the University will also help them to pay for accommodation. Some students sponsored by government are not able to pay for accommodation when the monthly stipend delays.
Dr Muligande says that the government pays for health insurance for the parents of the students belonging to the first ubudehe category but still, they are also unable to pay for their children’s registration fees.
The Fund will also support self-sponsored students to pay for school tuition fees especially those that cannot immediately meet raised fees.
In future, with enough funds, UR will use part of the fund to infrastructures such as laboratory rooms.
The president of the University of Rwanda Alumni Association Dr Faustin Nteziryayo called on those who graduated from UR to contribute to its development.
“What I may tell this university’s alumni is especially that they may feel compelled to contribute something to the school that raised and gave them the knowledge they tap to develop themselves.”