University of Kigali

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University of Kigali
MottoLabour for the Future
Type Private
Established2013;8 years ago (2013)
Chairman Philibert Afrika
Chairperson Manasseh Nshuti
Chancellor Charles Sotz
Vice ChancellorTombola Masereri Gustave
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 6,107
Postgraduates 1,494
KG 541 Street, Kigali
01°57′03″S30°05′35″E / 1.95083°S 30.09306°E / -1.95083; 30.09306 Coordinates: 01°57′03″S30°05′35″E / 1.95083°S 30.09306°E / -1.95083; 30.09306
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Guest of Honor during the third graduation Prof. Jeffrey Sachs.jpg
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Guest of Honor during the third graduation

University of Kigali (UoK) is a fully accredited and chartered university by the Government of Rwanda. UoK started its operations in October 2013. [1] [2]



The temporary campus of the university is located along KG 541 Street, in the central business district of Kigali, the capital and largest city in Rwanda. The geographical coordinates of the university campus are:01°57'03.0"S, 30°05'35.0"E (Latitude:-1.950833; Longitude:30.093056). [3] The university has plans to relocate to larger premises in Masaka at a later date. [2] The university maintains a second campus in the Rwanda Social Security Bureau Building in the town of Ruhengeri, Musanze District, in the Northern Province of Rwanda. [4]


As of May 2020, the university maintains two campuses; the main campus or The Kigali Campus and the upcountry campus or The Musanze Campus. Total enrollment is approximately 8,000 students, with approximately 6,500 undergraduates and about 1,500 postgraduate students. [5]

The university has international students from Nigeria, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, China, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ethiopia, Turkey, Central African Republic, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [5]

Schools, faculties and institutes

As of May 2020, the university maintained the following academic units. [5]

Academic partnerships

The University of Kigali maintains academic collaboration with the following universities: (a) University of Cape Town (b) Kenyatta University (c) Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (Southern Africa office) (d) Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (e) Symbiosis International University and (e) Strathmore University [6]

Memberships and accreditation

The University of Kigali is a member of:

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