The National University of Rwanda
School of Journalism and Communication
In the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide,
the National University of Rwanda, in Butare, established
its first journalism program. The role played by hate media
during the genocide demonstrated how the power of the media
could be used to destroy.
Faculty members in the university's School of
Journalism and Communication seek to train future journalists
to use the media to "inform, entertain and educate Rwandans."
The school program includes courses taught in
Kinyarwanda, English and French. Regular workshops and training
periods are organized in the School's radio studio.
The New Butarean, a student newspaper,
was launched in February 2001. And a computer lab established
in June, 2001 now allows for internet access.
The first two years of training consist of general
courses. Then students are required to choose between two
tracks of specialization: Communication and Development or
Journalism, which focuses on professional skills.
About the National University of
The National University of Rwanda (NUR) was
created in 1963 conjointly by the Rwandan government and the
Congregation of the Dominicans from the Province of Quebec
The NUR was then composed of three academic
units: the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Social Sciences
and the Teacher Training College (ENS). At that time, the
NUR had 51 students and 16 lecturers . Currently, the NUR
hosts 4540 students and 275 lecturers.
November 03, 1963:
Official opening of the NUR.
May 12, 1964:
Law establishing the NUR.
The National Institute of Education is created thanks to the
PNUD and UNESCO aid. The Institute aims at training and improving
elementary secondary school teachers’ skills. It also
aims at implementing multidisciplinary pedagogical research.
Creation of the University extension as a unit with the mission
to reflect the NUR by its services to the people.
Creation of a research center on pharmacopoeia and traditional
medicine (CUPHARMETRA) in the Faculty of medicine. It became
an autonomous body since 1980.
The NUR, in conjunction with the Ghent Faculty of Applied
Sciences puts up a progressive training program for civil
engineers specialized in building and sets up a fore-project
program in electromechanic engineering.
The University of Instelling Antwerpen contributes in the
opening of the Faculty of Law.
A centre for study and experimentation of energy in Rwanda
is created within the Faculty of Sciences. It became autonomous
June 13, 1979:
The Faculty of Agronomy which was a department in the Faculty
of Science is created.
October 1, 1981:
The merging of the NUR and the NIE (National Institute of
Education). From now on, the National University of Rwanda
has two campuses: one at Ruhengeri and another at Butare.
Few years later, the Faculty of Law shifts to Mburabuturo
Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the NUR. Official opening
of the Institute of Public Administration (ISAP), born of
the NUR and Konrad Adanauer Foundation (FKA) cooperation.
The University community loses a good number of its staff
and students who are killed during the war and genocide. They
are victims of their ideology or ethnic identity. The University
suffers a great loss: laboratory equipment, the computer equipment
and academic infrastructure are destroyed or taken away. The
NUR is closed because of the prevailing war in the country,
those who are not killed have to hide themselves, others flee
The campus of Ruhengeri and the Kigali Faculty of Law shift
and become part of the campus of Butare.
Reopening of the NUR. The main change is that all the faculties
and schools are regrouped in Butare Campus for security reasons
first and then for administrative ones. The beginnings are
not easy but the government decides the smooth running of
the NUR at all costs. The Campus supposed to cater for 1,600
students now lodges more than 4,500. The NUR takes off smoothly
but surely despite the wounds to dress, the buildings to repair
and English becomes a new language of teaching.
April 25, 1996:
Creation of the School of Information Sciences and techniques
A preliminary year of language learning (French and English
) is established for all NUR beginners.
Creation of a doctorate level at the Faculty of Medicine.
End of 1998:
The merging of the Faculty of Sciences and that of Applied
Sciences to form the Faculty of Sciences and Technology.