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Umutara Polytechnic Institutional Profile

About Umutara Polytechnic

Contact/Location: +250-788353116

P.O Box 57



Nyagatare, Rwanda       Established: 2006 - -

Umutara Polytechnic was registered as a non-profit making organization under the provisions of Law No 20/2000 of 26/07/2000 Governing Non Profit Making Organizations and was founded on the 15th of June 2004. It was founded by the community of the former Umutara Province and was financially supported by three districts of the Eastern Province. This was in response to a persistent call by the community in the region for the creation of an Institute of higher learning capable of producing graduates who would provide solutions to their socio-economic problems. It was established in former technical school buildings with surrounding land in Nyagatare Sector, Nyagatare district and on a second campus to the east of Nyagatare town. The first campus comprises 237 ha and houses office buildings, the ICT building, classrooms, the Rector’s house as well as land for farming. The second campus (Muvumba) is 50 ha and houses teaching classrooms, the library, the canteen, staff offices and staff and students residential accommodation.  In addition the Polytechnic owns 237 acres of farm land in Karama Cell, Karangazi Sector, Nyagatare. The Polytechnic has six faculties of Agriculture (with five Departments of Agronomy, Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Animal Production, Horticulture and Soil & Environmental Sciences), Centre for Languages, Communication & Media, Commerce (with four Departments of Accounting, Economics, Finance & Banking and Marketing), ICT (with two Departments of Computer Technology and Information Systems) , Technology & Applied Sciences (with one Department of Civil Engineering and Built Environment) and Veterinary Medicine (with five Departments of Pre-clinical, Para-Clinical, Clinical, Livestock Production Technology & Development and Biological Sciences). Each of the Faculties runs several undergraduate degree programmmes of study.  The Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine degree programmes are for 5 years whereas the other Faculties degree programmes are for 4 years. Umutara Polytechnic has a total student enrolment of over 3 324 (2 422 Government sponsored and 903 Self-sponsored) and 40 Fulltime academic staff. Students are projected to increase by over 1 500 per year until they peak at 10 000. The first group of graduates completed in 2009 in the faculties of Commerce and ICT. The Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine will produce their pioneer graduates at the end of the 2010 academic year.

Umuara Polytechnic became a public / government institution in October 2009 with official gazetting of gazette no 42 of 19/10/2009, and is now following government policies on higher education.

The vision of the polytechnic is to, ‘Contribute to sustainable development through the provision of well trained human resources using knowledge based tools’.

The mission is to,’Educate students and enlighten students and the community, through research, and imparting knowledge and diversified skills that are relevant to the development needs of the country’.

S. Makuza

Faculties / Schools 

Reports on Umutara Polytechnic

Umutara Polytechnic - Current Institutional Academic Staffing by LevelUmutara Polytechnic - Current Institutional Programme Summaries
Details on Umutara Polytechnic
Student Capacity: 2500
Annual Budget: 3,000,000
Average Annual Fees: 900
Curriculum last updated: 2009
Average textbook age: 30
Computers for students: 45
Is field work / study part of the curriculum: yes
Percentage of time students spend in practicums: 50
Do lecturers/professors have have internet access: yes
Do students have internet access: yes

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