Am pleased to write this foreword to the establishment of Kigali
Institute of Management- KIM and its programmes. 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 resolutions to
change the name of ICAM to KIM or Kigali Institute of Management (KIM)
and introduction of degree programme called Bachelor of Business Management
(BBM). KIM opened the doors in its own premises for the degree programme
on 16th February 2006, KIM took over from ICAM and broadened its objectives
in order to fit in well with the Rwanda Government Vision 2020 of promoting
Human Resource Development which is in line with the creation of acknowledge
based economy with people as its core resource base. It is 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 Communication Technology (ICT).
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 make our degree programme more relevant to the strategic
challenges facing organizations in today’s dynamic business environment.
We are committed to give our students a rigorous training to acquire high
level skills that will make them enter the labor market with a “competitive edge”
The study method shall combine theory and practice to ensure mastery of skills.
We shall also create an interface unit between programmes offered by the
institute and the industry requirements through the internship, campus
recruitment, project work and public lectures by practitioners.
People with different expertise and practical experience from industry
shall be involved in our programme development, teaching and evaluation.
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 times. 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 have so far established collaborative education partnership with Leicester
University of UK through Education for Africa to offer by distance learning MBA
and MSc. The Institute also has an arrangement in place to offer by distance
learning BABM of Sunderland a UK based University. We shall build on these relationships
to seek for their intervention particularly in the area of academic quality
enhancement.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 actions speak louder than words. We are a democratic Institute,
we welcome positive criticism from our stakeholders, and we listen to their
views, and incorporate them into our development agenda to ensure that we are
always the leaders in the education sector of our specialization.
The Chairman Board of Directors.