On Monday 21st May 2018, the University of Rwanda received twenty Technical Aid Corps (TAC) volunteers from the federal Republic of Nigeria during a handover ceremony held at the Headquarters of UR.
While welcoming the volunteers, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda, Prof Philip Cotton, said that “the framework will benefit the University of Rwanda through sharing knowledge, writing research and grant proposals, joint publication, and in all areas of teaching and learning in research in UR.”
Nigerian High Commissioner to Rwanda, Adam Onoze Shuaibi urged TAC volunteers “to be law abiding and good ambassadors of Nigeria in Rwanda during the exercise of their duties and responsibilities in University of Rwanda.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Institutional Advancement, Ambassador Dr. Charles Murigande said that “the volunteers are expected to serve for 24 months in their respective campuses, but they can choose to stay and make a local contract with the University of Rwanda after serving their TAC duties”.
Eugene Fixer NGOGA A.g. Director of Africa Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “Rwanda is a knowledge thirst community, so we expect to get a lot from Nigeria’s TAC volunteers.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Olowe Oluwayowa Mary, the Team leader of this year’s group ensured the management of UR saying that “TAC volunteers are ready to bring change at the University of Rwanda quality of education through sharing their skills with students and the professors at the University.
The Nigerian government established the TAC scheme in 1987 to streamline Nigeria’s technical aid policy and assist states in Africa to benefit from Nigeria’s experts in various fields of human endeavor.