The University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK) in collaboration with Kassel University (Germany) has organized a two days workshop of the East African network of Learning for Administrators (EANLA) which brought together researchers and financial administrators from different Universities of Rwanda to discuss on the management of third party funds especially research funds.
The workshop was attended by almost 35 participants from 11 universities of Rwanda among which University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB), Université Libre de Kigali (ULK), University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK), Adventists University of Central Africa (AUCA), INES-RUHENGERI, University of Gitwe (UG), University of Technology and Arts of Byumba, Institut Catholique de Kabgayi (ICK), University of Kibungo (UNIK), Kibogora Polytechnic and University of Rwanda.
During the workshop, participants were trained on proposal writing for third party funds, financial reporting and accountability for third party fund and they also shared practical experiences from their universities.
There has been an issue on raising cash for research between researchers and finance administrators.
“Researchers blame finance administrators on requiring too many procedures before raising that money for research and the finance administrators blame researchers on not involving them since the very earlier stage of these researches” Mr. Richard Niyonkuru, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance at UNILAK and the organizer of EANLA Rwanda Chapter said.
“and we decided to plan for this inclusive workshop for researchers and finance administrators so that each of them understand his role in research and why he should be involved,” added Mr. Richard.
To break the odd saying that there is no research funds reason why people do not research, Dr. Marie Christine Gasingirwa, Director General of Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education who was the guest of honor in the opening of this workshop urged researchers to write research proposals which respond to the current issues and they will find funds wherever they will knock.
“Please take care while writing you research proposals, write something which is relevant, and which will respond to a current issue. Don’t target money instead of focusing on impact. I assure you everyone will willingly support such proposal which will be meaningful and practicable,” said Dr. Christine.
Among the recommendations of the workshop, researchers and finance administrators were urged to work hand in hand for the smooth running of the research projects, also to improve the networking spirit.
Setting a researcher’s team was also recommended as a way towards an improved quality of work.
The East African Network of Learning of Administrators (EANLA) is a consortium of universities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda with the aim of expanding to the other remaining countries (Burundi and possibly Southern Sudan).
This is in line with the declaration of the heads of EAST African states declaring the transformation of the East African Community (EAC) into a Common Higher Education Area during their summit on May, 20th 2017 in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.
The idea of building an East African Network of Learning for Administrators (EANLA) was generated by the German University of Kassel and Egerton University in Kenya.
Since the start of the East African Network of Learning of Administrators (EANLA), the University of Kassel through its International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) and its partner universities in Kenya and Uganda have developed a coherent network, which has successfully started the process of optimizing and professionalizing the financial administration of internationally funded projects and increasing intercultural understanding of administrative processes in different countries.