Prof. Philip Cotton OBE, Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda signs a Program Agreement with the World Bank for the implementation of “Priority Skills for Growth Project”.
The World Bank has awarded to the Government of Rwanda a soft loan of US$120 million dollars to expand opportunities for acquisition of quality, market-relevant skills in the following economic sectors: Transport and Logistics, Manufacturing and Energy. The project is Performance for Results operation with three results areas:
1) Reinforcing Governance of the skills development system;
2) Ensuring provision of quality training programs with market relevance; and
3) Establishing opportunities for continuous upgrading of job-relevant skills for sustained employability.
World Bank’s country manager Yasser El Gammal, (L) exchange documents with Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda (UR), Prof. Phil Cotton OBE as finance minister Claver Gatete looks on.
The implementation of these projects shall involve several institutions including the University of Rwanda (UR), Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Higher Education Council (HEC), Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Service and Labour and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
The University of Rwanda shall intervene in Result Area 2 (Ensuring provision of quality training programs with market relevance) by designing and delivering new or upgraded existing programs in Energy, Manufacturing and Transport and Logistics. It is expected that this project will significantly contribute to the achievement of the University’s mission of contributing to the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge and being committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, where students are prepared for lives of service and leadership, transforming communities through finding solutions.