I am pleased to write this foreword to the establishment of Kigali Institute of Management (KIM) and its programmes, now KIM University. I believe that it is equally important to include a brief genesis of KIM and how it evolved from International College of Accountancy and Management (ICAM). Initially ICAM was created with the objective of training professional Accountants as it was stipulated in its constitution of 4th June 2003.
On 8th December 2005, ICAM board of directors passed a resolution to change the name of ICAM to Kigali Institute of Management (KIM) and introduce a degree programme called Bachelor of Business Management (BBM). KIM opened its doors on its own premises for the degree programme on 16th February 2006. It took over from ICAM and broadened its objectives in order to fit well into the Rwanda Government Vision 2020 of promoting Human Resource Development which is in conformity with the creation of a knowledge based economy with people as its core resource base. It has been set to offer a Degree Programme in Business Management with a bias in Accounting and Finance Options. This is in addition to the existing professional programmes in accounting, Management and Information Systems. Compared to the traditional Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), new subjects such as company law, management accounting, financial reporting framework, corporate finance and public sector accounting have been introduced to enrich our degree programme and make it more relevant to the strategic challenges facing the 21st Century organizations’ dynamic business environment.
Our commitment is giving our students a rigorous training to acquire high level skills that will make them enter the labor market with a distinctive advantage and “competitive edge”. This is to be fostered by study method that combines theory and practice to ensure mastery of skills. We wish to create and maintain an interface unit between programmes offered by the institute and the industry requirements through the internship, campus recruitment, project work programmes and public lectures by professional specialists. This relationship shall help the institute to modify its program on continuous basis so as to produce graduates who are able to meet the expectations and are relevant all the time. We already have strong ties with RUMA Certified Public Accountants, a highly rated consultancy firm that is well placed to solicit for placements of some of the Institute’s graduates.
We endeavor to use ICT tools in bid to modernize our core business functions particularly in the areas of academic registry (students’ records, curricular and performance), ICT-led teaching methodologies, digital library services and subscription to electronic resources, and information management and dissemination system.
At KIM, we emphasize actions above words. For that matter, we end as we wait for your judgment based on your own observations. We welcome you to partner with us in making the dream of a transformed society a reality.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors
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