14 March 2005

Rwanda: KIST Starts More Short Courses

Kigali — Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST) has initiated short courses on basic corporate business management.

The courses are open to the public and KIST has already trained its staff and finalist students to be trainers of trainers for the upcoming course.

The training of trainer's workshop was conducted by Belgium expert with support from SYNTRA WEST, a Belgian institute which specializes in basic corporate management.

During the three day workshop, the trainees were given basics and methodologies in management. The content is adopted from SYNTRA WEST, but modified to suit the Rwandan business environment.

The programme was initiated by the ambassadors of Belgium and Rwanda, with KIST entrusted to carry out the training through its Department for Entrepreneurship headed by Mrs. Rebecca Ruzibuka.

The course costs Frw 80,000, but the pioneers pay half the cost and the other half will be paid by SYNTRA WEST."

Ruzibuka noted that the Ministries of Labour and Finance expressed interest in the programme and wanted the course to be initiated immediately. Some of the trainees were retrenched civil servants.

Presiding over the function, the KIST registrar, Prof. Bisanda urged the trainees to utilise the knowledge gained to contribute to development.

"Three out the 10 ten people who won the US$ 20,000 in a recent business plan competition were from KIST," noted Ruzibuka, in response to concerns by Prof Bisanda that students are failing to be innovative.

Chris Jonckheere, the Director of Marketing at SYNTRA WEST, said both the Belgium government and SYNTRA WEST are committed to make the programme benefit the country.

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