Apply for Accreditation

Accreditation is the process leading to the granting of a definitive Operating Agreement to a private provider of higher education. See Definitive Operating Agreement.

Institutions with the university/specialist institute title must be able to maintain the reputation of Rwandan Higher Education Institutions and be able to demonstrate that the quality of their awards will be of international standards in line with the Rwandan National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education, and that they fully meet the requirements of the Code of Practice. University/specialist institute status carries with it a responsibility for and a commitment to high standards and quality.

- An institution will be able to use the university title when it:
1. Delivers education across a broad range of subjects including science and technology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including research degrees;
2. Has , if it is a private provider, been awarded a definitive Operating Agreement and degree awarding powers;
3. Can demonstrate that at least 15 percent of its staff are engaged in research as defined in the Glossary/Key Concepts.

- An institution will be able to use the specialist institute title when it:
1. Delivers education in a limited number of subjects in a specialist area;
2. Has, if it is a private provider, been awarded a definitive Operating Agreement and degree awarding powers
3. Can demonstrate that at least 15 percent of its staff are engaged in research as defined in the Glossary/Key Concepts.
4. The name must reflect the specialist nature of the institution e.g. Institute of Technology, Institute of Education, Medical Institute, Institute of Business and Legal Studies, Institute for the Performing Arts.

Necessary documents:

- Requirements for Providers Gaining UNiversity, Specialist Institute Status doc

- Requirements for Providers Gaining Qualification-Awarding Powers doc

- Rwanda National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education Institutions

- National Equality and Diversity Policy for Higher Education