The University of Rwanda is Rwanda's largest higher education institution. UR was formed in 2013 through the merger of previously independent public institutions of higher education, the largest of which was the National University of Rwanda. The university's head office is in Kigali. The university is composed of six independent, self-governing colleges.
Initial work to establish the institution was undertaken by Professor Paul Davenport, a member of Paul Kagame's Presidential Advisory Council, who now acts as chair of the university's board of governors.
The University of Rwanda was established in September 2013 by a law that repealed the laws establishing the National University of Rwanda and the country's other public higher education institutes, creating the UR in their place. Law number 71/2013 transferred the contracts, activities, assets, liabilities, and denominations of seven institutions to the University of Rwanda:
The office is, along with the College of Business and Economics, in GikondoMburabuturo.
It is organized into six subject-based colleges:
The University has a total of 14 Campuses:
To be a leading University that develops highly enterprising graduates prepared and dedicated to building a more just and sustainable society locally, nationally, and globally, with appropriate innovations that advance the quality of life.
To support the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge, committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, where students are prepared for lives of service, leadership, and solutions.
Objectives (to include):