UNILAK was created by the Federation of Adventist Parents Associations for the Development of Education in Rwanda (FAPADER), which is an association of several lay Seventhday Adventist propietorship secondary school associations that include:
UNILAK was approved through the Convention No. 001 of 03 February 1997, which was signed between the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, and FAPADER. The Institute obtained legal identity as a nonprofit association under Rwandan law through the Ministerial Decree No. 89/11 of 02 July 2004 and it was fully accredited by the government of Rwanda through the Ministerial Order NO 002/09 of 09/04/2009.
The University’s Headquarters are located in the City of Kigali, Gasabo District, Remera Sector where it owns a land of about 10 hectares hosting its administrative and academic buildings.
Currently it has four faculties:
- Faculty of Law,
- Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management,
- faculty of Environmental Studies
- Faculty of Computing and Information Sciences.
UNILAK has also expanded its activities in the Southern province (Nyanza) and Eastern Province (Rwamagana) and the two campuses operate with a competitive modern boarding section.