The University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE) is one of the six colleges of the University of Rwanda, created after the merger of all public higher learning institutions in Rwanda in 2013. The college had initially started its operation in 1999 as Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). The then KIE mandate was to train lower and upper secondary school teachers as well as tutors. UR-CE is the apex institution in teacher education with academic, assessment and certification of all teachers at all levels from primary to secondary school level.
UR-CE was established with the intention of positively changing the landscape of human resource development especially in the education profession. It is also the apex institution in teacher education with academic quality responsibility over Teacher Training Colleges (TTC). Besides the College has three campuses which include Remera, Rukara and Kavumu campuses.
In its quest to reach out to the community located in remote areas, the College has established ten Distance Training Centers including four Face to Face Regional Training Centers and six Provincial Training Centers across the country.
In 2006, the College was the first to have the teaching programmes validated in conformity with the National Qualification Framework which was developed by the National Council for Higher Education. The changes in curriculum have put a lot of emphasis on learner centered teaching and instruction approached thus opening more doors for creative learning and teaching. The efforts of making UR-CE a center of excellence in education have continued as seen in the past where the Institute’s administration took a bold step in embracing new technology in teaching and research and research with the launching of the E-Learning Center-a facility whose advanced V-SAT technology with Video-Conferencing as a teaching facility was made a reality.
UR-CE has evolved into a dual mode institution offering distance and pre-service programmes in various disciplinary areas ranging from certificate to diploma and honours degree. In addition, it has in the recent past introduced a master’s programme with a view to top up its course offering.
To boost professionalism, UR-CE launched a new plan for internship for students after completion of their courses. For degree students, their internship period has been prolonged to one year while that of diploma students was revised to six months. The rationale behind this shift is to give them a feel of what their job is like before they start fully practicing.
Currently, the College enrolls an average of 3,000 students all programmes combined on a yearly basis who must have fulfilled admission requirements as set by the Rwanda Education Board. The students are drawn equally from all parts of the world.