The Rwandan Miniater of Education Vincent Biruta during his two- day visit in Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Germany Universities in order to highlight numerous opportunities for university students.
Hon. Biruta signed the MoU with four Universities of Applied Sciences from different cities such as Bingen, Kaiserslautern, Mainz and Worms in Germany on September 27, 2013.
The agreement aims at promoting student exchange programs as well as academic staff, especially by boosting cooperation of technical faculties.
Hon. Biruta commended the existing relations between Rwanda and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and said that the agreement would be an extension of the bilateral cooperation in higher education.
He said that it would add value to the existing cooperation with the Technical University of Kaiserslautern where currently more than 70 Rwandan students are enrolled.
“The cooperation with the university proved to be very fruitful. The first graduates already returned to Rwanda and some are leading Integrated Regional Polytechnic Centres (IPRCs),”Biruta said.
Minister Biruta also visited the Technical University of Kaiserslautern where he discussed with the leaders of the University, took a tour through technical institutes and also met the Rwandan students.
The occasion that marked the first time that an MoU was signed with that many signatories in the field of higher education cooperation with Rhineland-Palatinate was graced by the Deputy Director General of the Rwandan Education Board, Louise Karamage.
Others were Rwanda’s Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Christine Nkulikiyinka, the Mayor of the City of Bingen, Hon. Thomas Feser, the President of the Partnership Association, Mr. Auernheimer, and the presidents of the four Universities of Applied Sciences.
Minister Biruta and Mayor Feser agreed that exchanges in the field of education are of paramount importance for achieving Rwanda’s target of becoming a knowledge-based economy as defined in Vision 2020.