Although Higher Education studies are regarded as a positive and stimulating experience, incoming students may find the transition from secondary school to higher education or from undergraduate to postgraduate studies challenging. It is therefore of paramount importance to familiarize them with their new academic environment by ensuring that they smoothly settle in academically and socially, are aware of the facilities and services at their disposal, and are ready to properly take advantage of them.
More importantly, UNILAK is concerned about promoting a sense of community spirit and moral values among its students. With this in mind and in line with the Government policy to mobilize and sensitize Rwandans on cultural values and taboos, UNILAK has started Itorero known as “Intagamburuzwamumihigo za UNILAK”; hence the induction week is also an opportunity to prepare incoming students for being part of this Itorero. It is in this context that the first week of each academic year is devoted to a comprehensive induction programme for all new students. A series of events and activities which mark this week vary from one academic year to the next.
The induction week aims to:
– Formally welcome incoming students and provide a general introduction to INILAK;
– Inform incoming students of the services and facilities available for them and how they can have access to these;
– Introduce them to the skills, knowledge and demands of their respective programmes of study to maximize their learning opportunities;
– Ease their integration process to maximize retention and progression;
– Allow for the social interaction of students and promote the culture of ubutore and volunteerism.
Towards the end of the induction week, the inducted students should:
– Get acquainted with the INILAK environment;
– Be well informed about their respective programmes of study, academic regulations and key policies and codes;
– Be ready to successfully start their studies;
– Have been enabled to design career action plan and set performance targets;
– Be confident in their abilities and future;
– Have developed the culture of ubutore and volunteerism.