Transform society using acquired skills, UNILAK graduates told

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By Leonard Nshimiyimana

2143 students from University of Lay 7th Adventists (UNILAK) graduated following a three-year intensive course of bachelor‘s programme. The graduation ceremony graced by several dignitaries, graduands as well as their friends took place on December 20, 2016 in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

According to the statistics released by the same high-learning institution, 2070 students finished their bachelor’s education, 1091 females and 979 males. This academic year also saw 73 graduates for Masters ‘degrees.

The graduands who were all smiles during the festivities hope to use knowledge and skills acquired at school to good account or raise the bar for what they were doing with aim to improve their living conditions.

“I have usually dealt in business unprofessionally which complicated me all along in making accounting books and I was unable to know what expenses and profits I made; I was unable to know if I make profit or incur a loss. So, I ‘m going to fare it well which is key to advancing more,” Joseph Rwabuhungu said.


Clotilde Nyirabihogo said she is going to compete with her counterparts on labor market, as she got to have qualifications papers under her belt.  However, she plans to engage into self-employment opportunities if she gets seed capital.

The Vice-Chancellor of UNILAK, Dr. Jean Ngamije appealed to the graduands to play a pivotal role in transforming their society and neighborhoods. “We expect from you to change your families, Rwandans and the country at large.”

The University of 7th Adventist church put onto market roughly 10,000 graduands for nine graduations since 2004 the university was established.

UNILAK is one of 45 tertiary education institutions currently operating in the country according to the statistics by the High Education Council while before 1994, the country had one public-run university.

The increase of private and public universities and colleges goes with the rise of enrolled students stood at roughly 87,000 people in 2015.



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