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MasterCard Foundation’s Leaders in Teaching Initiative (LIT) project amid Research Activities for the Capacity Building of the University of Rwanda’s Academic Staff.

12 Sep 2022

On 21 May 2018, the University of Rwanda, and MasterCard Foundation (MCF) signed a five-year agreement to implement Leaders in Teaching Program (LIT). This project is funded by MasterCard Foundation. It aims to assist the University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE) to build the capacity of academic staff and pre-service teachers in Research, CBC, Practicum, and ICT. Each of these components is coordinated by a UR-CE academic staff as a LIT project part-time staff.

Under these components, LIT project has implemented different activities, having others in pipeline while others have not yet been implemented.
We approached Associate Professor Eugene Ndabaga, the Coordinator of Research Component, and the Director of Research and Innovation at University of Rwanda-College of Education. It was in a quest to get more information about the achievements of project.

PRO : Dear Prof. Ndabaga as a research coordinator of MCF-LIT project, what is your specific role there ?

Prof : The key role that I play in this project is all about coordinating research activities that aim at UR-CE academic staff capacity building ; junior, middle, and senior staff inclusive. It must be noted that, the objective of MCF –LIT project is to enhance UR-CE academic staff’s skills and capacities in areas of research at different levels : national and global.

We shall offer various trainings in research skills, competitive grant writing for big projects, publishing in peer reviewed journals and we also offer grants opportunities. Therefore, we are deeply appreciative of MCF-LIT project for their funds.

PRO : What has been done so far ?

Prof : Despite of Covid-19 hindrances we have managed to award about 2 rounds of grants. Round one consisted of 7 grantees to conduct various research based on national issues within UR-CE domain.

Round two consisted of 8 grantees. Grants cover both social natural sciences areas. But natural science takes slightly higher funds due to its laboratory-based work.

While conducting these researches ; the process is punctuated by short trainings on how to write competitive grants, how to produce publishable papers.

PRO : Do you still have more grants to offer ?

Prof : Yes, we still have some research grants funds. We also have some funds for big scale training of UR-CE academic research training in areas of research activities. We are aiming at training about 160 academic staff. This training was contracted to the University of Toronto in Canada.

PRO : What is your envisaged impact of this project and its activities on the Rwandan society ?

Prof : The impact is enormous. Like any other academic institution, one of UR-CE key mission is to conduct research.

Story by
NTIRANDEKURA Schadrac
Public Relations and Community Engagement Officer
University of Rwanda-College of Education

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