The cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame yesterday approved the opening of two private high learning institutions that were recently accredited by the Higher Education Council (HEC).
The approved universities include the East African Christian College and the African College of Theology, both located in Kigali city.
The Anglican owned East African Christian College is located in Masaka sector, Kicukiro district, Kigali city, and will offer theology courses in a bid to improve the quality of education for church leaders.
The East African Christian College will also offer other academic programs including communication, business, public health, education, among others.
The Anglican Church laid a foundation stone to start construction of the East African Christian College in the kicukiro district on 31st March 2020.
Prof. Viateur Ndikumana, the vice-chancellor of East African Christian College said that the institution welcomes candidates from all walks of life keeping in mind that the church of the 21st century needs not only the Word of God but also development and up to date administrative systems.
“Apart from the Gospel, we realised that the church today needs more skilled people, like managers and auditors who would evaluate and advise their churches towards their targets as agreed upon with the government,” Prof. Ndikumana said.
One of the criteria to join the school will be having excelled in two courses from Secondary school. The school fees was fixed to Rwf 500,000 for undergraduates and rwf 600,000 for post graduates.
Weekend and weekdays programs are available, according to Prof. Ndikumana.
Prof. Ndikumana said that the East African Christian College has the capacity to accommodate 400 students and registration for the first intake of March 2021 is underway.
For the African college of theology, the first class will start in January 2021.
Owned by New Life Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization, the institution will provide non-traditional Biblical education leading to an accredited Bachelor of Theology Degree for pastors in the country.
Africa College of Theology founder, Charles Mugisha told the media last year that the college comes to improve skills among pastors where 95% never received any formal theological training.
The leaders of the African college of theology told the media that the college located in Kicukiro district, Kigali city has a partnership with Multnomah University – United States America which is expected to send visiting professors when the school starts to compliment the local faculty.