The University of Rwanda with UK's ITU launches online masters program for students from all over the word

(L-R) Prof Manasse Mbonye of UR, Prof. Steve Capewell, UKTA Vice Chancellor and Prof. Nelson Ijumba (Photo by Denis Rutahunga)
The University of Rwanda (UR), in partnership with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA) has today (Tuesday) launched an online postgraduate course. The 18-month masters of communication management program (eMCM) will be delivered online by experienced lecturers and professors from the United Kingdom.

Students from all over the world are expected to be part of this program which will officially start on April 22, 2016. Applicants are required to possess a good bachelors degree in engineering, computer science and IT, business management, human resource management, law or any related qualification from an accredited institution.

“The program is a great step for University of Rwanda. We would like to make sure students have leadership, entrepreneurship and management skills needed to increase productivity at work,” said Prof. Nelson Ijumba, the deputy chancellor of Academics Affairs and Research.

He added that the four eMCM modules will be delivered through a combination of online learning and the provision of learning materials via the ITU academic platform. Students will be expected to spend approximately 120 hours on each module, of which 60 hours will be through direct interactions not only with the module tutor, but also between delegates within the program. The remaining 60 hours will be through self-directed learning.

Prof. Steve Capewell, the UKTA vice chairman, said that alumni to previous programs delivered by UKTA have established themselves as leaders in the industry around the world as company directors, CEOs and government ministers. “It is with this history and confidence that we developed this program to benefit both employers and employees with updated skills and knowledge to improve organizational performance in their respective companies,” said Capewell.

According to UKTA, candidates can exit with an award of a post-graduate certificate after achieving 60 credits or a post-graduate diploma after 120 credits. The total duration of a masters program is 18 months though it can be increased to three years by studying two modules each year and completing the dissertation in the third year. The latter option allows tuition fees to be spread over a longer period. Tuition fee for the whole program is US$4000, with each part being charged separately.
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