writer Lyu Tianran MUSANZE, Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Located at the foot of the Virunga volcanic mountains,
Integrated Polytechnic Regional College Musanze (IPRC Musanze)
is playing an important role in training technical persons in
The college, constructed by Chinese
enterprise China Geo-Engineering Corporation using funds from
the Chinese government, is the largest polytechnic in northern
Rwanda, said Emile Abayisenga, principal of IPRC Musanze and
chairman of Musanze district council.
Covering an area of three hectares,
IPRC Musanze situated in Musanze district has 1,200 students,
the number of which increases from 170 at the beginning of its
operation in 2015. Its first batch of around 170 graduates
graduated in June this year with diploma. Besides, more than 700
students have completed short courses in the college.
The huge increase of the students
within three years shows the school is really needed in Rwanda,
said Abayisenga, who studied in China.
IPRC Musanze has the second highest
number of applicants for admission among eight IPRCs across the
country, after IPRC Kigali in Rwanda’s capital, which has
established for 10 years, according to him.
The college offers five advanced
diploma and diploma programs including Agriculture and Food
Processing, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics
Engineering, Hospitality Management as well as Irrigation and
Water Engineering, and provides 10 short courses such as
carpentry, culinary arts and electrical domestic installation.
The programs provided in IPRC Musanze
fall into the country’s priorities, said the principal, noting
that the college is contributing to developing skilled people
and bridging the gap of shortages of technical people in Rwanda
as the central African country is investing in technical
“The support from the Chinese
government is very significant, not only because of the students
we train, but also surrounding community who benefit from this
school,” Abayisenga told Xinhua.
Residents from surrounding community
get jobs in the college that has more than 100 staff and receive
training of different skills like agriculture from the college,
he said. They also get shelters constructed by students who
learn construction, and cows from the college which are also
used to teach students agriculture, he added.
Level three student Marcel Nyirimihigo
majoring in irrigation and water engineering has completed his
final project of designing a concrete gravity dam in Rwanda’s
Eastern Province to deal with water shortage during the dry
“Agriculture in Rwanda is like a
foundation in our daily life. I want to modernize Rwanda’s
agriculture through irrigation and that’s why we conclude to
design that dam,” said Nyirimihigo, who was helping his
schoolmates do a final project at a workshop within the college.
Agriculture accounts for 33 percent of
Rwanda’s gross domestic product and engages 70 percent of the
population, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations.
“This institution funded by China is
important for us students. China put infrastructure that has
helped and will help our study,” he said.
INJECTING NEW ENERGY
The governments of China and Rwanda
have signed an implementation agreement on the expansion project
of the college. China will fund the expansion project and
provide necessary equipment to IPRC Musanze.
The cooperation between China’s Jinhua
Polytechnic and IPRC Musanze also injects new energy into skill
training in the landlocked country.
Jinhua Polytechnic in Zhejiang
Province, eastern China, and IPRC Musanze jointly launched
Jinhua Polytechnic’s oversea campus in IPRC Musanze in July
2017, which includes a technical skills development center and a
Chinese language learning center.
Two management staff from Jinhua
Polytechnic has been working in IPRC Musanze since April 2018.
They have completed research of labor marketing conditions in
the region in order to making a cooperation plan in line with
conditions of Rwanda and the college.
The Chinese polytechnic together with
a Chinese enterprise have provided equipment to its Rwandan
counterpart to support practical education of the college, and
invited staff of IPRC Musanze to receive training in China,
whose expenses will be fully covered by Jinhua Polytechnic.
It is not the only effort that Jinhua
Polytechnic has made to help Rwanda cultivate technical persons.
It has been providing scholarships to Rwandan students to study
at Jinhua Polytechnic since 2014. As of April 2018, 78 Rwandan
diploma students were studying at the polytechnic.
Denys Makuza came back Rwanda from
China this July after completing study at Jinhua Polytechnic,
where he studied vehicle inspection and repair for three years
and Chinese language for one year.
“Studying in China indeed helps me a
lot. I learned high level skills, Chinese language and Chinese
culture, as well as working methods and efficiency of Chinese
people,” Makuza told Xinhua in fluent Chinese.