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Historical background

20 May 2019

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AT GLANCE

The College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is one of the six (6) colleges of the University of Rwanda (UR) as established in 2013 (Law no38 of 23/09/2013).

Our mission is to deliver quality education and develop innovative teaching, research and services to community that are addressing societal needs at national, regional and international level. This is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 4 : quality education, and Rwanda’s aspiration to become a knowledge based economy. Therefore, the CASS is committed to building an environment that is ‘inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ by attracting highly qualified people of all backgrounds to become part of our exciting family as either students or staff.

The CASS is comprised of four schools (School of Arts and Languages, School of Journalism and Communication, School of Governance and School of Law), four centres (Centre for Language Enhancement (CLE), Centre for Gender Studies (CGS), Centre for Conflict Management (CCM), and Centre for Legal Aid (CLAM)) and a Radio Station – Radio Salus (not discussed in this report). The CASS Head Office is located at Huye Campus but it operates on six campuses (Huye, Gikondo, Remera, Gako, Musanze and Nyakinama), and it has staff from the Centre for Language Enhancement on all campuses of the University of Rwanda. 

Faculty and Staff of CASS

The staff of the College of Arts and Social Sciences is composed of 2 Full Professors, 7 Associate Professors, 21 Senior Lecturers, 56 Lecturers, 59 Lecturers and 35 Tutorial Assistants as shown below :

Academic staff

 


Academic Rank

Male

Female

Male %

Female%

1

Full Professor

2

0

83%

 

 

 

 

18%

 

 

 

 

2

Ass Professor

5

2

3

Senior Lecturer

19

2

4

Lecturer

45

11

5

Assistant Lecturer

49

10

6

Tutorial Assistant

30

5


Total     180

149

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative staff

The Administrative staff serving Huye Campus under the CASS is 83, based in different departments and units, 55 of which are males while 28 are females as shown below :

No

Female

Male

Male %

Female %

 

28

55

67%

25%

Total

83

 

 

 

 

The CASS offers 1 Advanced Diploma, 14 Bachelor’s degree, 7 Master’s programmes, Mphil and PhD programmes by research in all disciplines under the College, and 1 PhD by Course work in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies.

Students Population – past 5 years

Academic Year

Number students

2015-2016

2264

2016-2017

2381

2017-2018

1883

2018-2019

1660

2019-2020

1981

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Current CASS Registered Students (2019/2020)

 

 

M

F

Total

POST GRADUATES

 

84

55

139

UNDERGRADUATES

 

1290

552

1842

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

1374

607

1981

 

In the past 5 years, the CASS has graduated 2795 number of students (undergraduate and postgraduate combined) out of whom 635 (22.72%) are female and 2160 (77.28%) are male. Until 2017, the CASS has been running 4-years undergraduate degree programs, but in the academic year 2017-2018, the College started restructuring all programs into a 3 year undergraduate degree programs with the exception of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) offered at the School of Law – LLB is still 4 years. 

It is important to point out that the above statistics clearly show that the CASS has a very small number of students and the number continues to decrease. This is partly due to the limited (or lack of) government scholarships for students undertaking studies in arts, social sciences, languages and other fields of humanities. Meanwhile, the College is taking some measures to deal with this continued decrease in the number of students, we are currently undertaking a repackaging of all undergraduate programs in the School of Arts and Languages and the School of Governance into a combination of major and minor studies. This will supplement students’ career path, and it is hoped that implementing those changes might increase the attractiveness of those degrees.

The following are specific details concerning Schools and Centres under the College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR-CASS).

Research Centers

– Center for Conflict Management (CCM)
 – Center for Gender, Culture and Development (CGCD)

- Centre for Language Enhancement (UR CLE)

- Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement(CTLE)

 

Community Service Centers

– Radio Salus
– Center for Legal Aid and Mediation

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