PIASS CHANCELLOR, Rev. Dr André Karamaga
A Rwandan national is a holder of PhD degree in Theology from Lausanne University of Theology in Switzerland.
From 2009 to present, Rev Dr Andre Karamaga is the General Secretary of All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and he is the first Rwandan posted at that high level since 1963.
From 2002 to 2008, he was working as Executive Secretary (African Desk) in the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.
From 1990 to 1994, he served as Executive Director, Selfhood Cluster and Head of the Theology Department at the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in Nairobi Kenya where he was when the genocide was happening in Rwanda.
The church lost 40 of its 65 pastors during the 1994 Genocide of Tutsis. This contributed to his determination to return to Rwanda, hence becoming the president of the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda (From 1995-2001)
Born in 1948, married and father of three grown up children, Rev Dr André Karamaga was trained as a teacher, and then went to a theological seminary in former Faculté de Theologie Protestante de Butare (FTPB) – now Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS).
In 1975, Rev. Karamaga was ordained as a pastor and studied for his Masters degree in Theology in Cameroon from 1977 to 1980, before returning to Rwanda in 1981.
He earned his Ph.D in Theology in 1988 at Lausanne University of Theology in Switzerland.
In 1990, he won the Award of Excellency from the University of Lausanne, honoring his valuable contribution to the African Theology.
Rev. Prof. Elisée Musemakweli
Duties and Responsibility
The Vice-Chancellor of PIASS shall be responsible for the daily management and overall coordination of academic activities, research, education and administration.
His or her duties shall specifically be the following:
In case of emergency and if the Board of Directors cannot meet, the Vice Chancellor may take urgent decisions to enable PIASS to achieve its mandate.
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- Directorate of Academics Affairs
The Directorate of Academic Affairs derives its mandate from the University and other Tertiary regulations. The Directorate is headed by the Academic Registrar, who currently is Dr. Akimana Gabriel.The Academic Registrar is responsible for all administrative matters related to the assessment and progression of students, and conferment of awards. The Academic Registrar is responsible for maintaining, interpreting and implementation the Academic Regulations of the University and overseeing the organization of Academic ceremonies.
The Academic Registry has four departments – Admissions and Registration, Examination, Awards and Graduation and a Secretariat.
- Directorate of Ressources and Assets Management
- Directorate of Library and ICT
- Directorate of Research
The Directorate of Research was established in PIASS to give both students and supervisors a sense of belonging to a meaningful scholarly community; Co-ordinate and Administer all research; Advise on research priorities geared to the fulfillment of the University as well National Development objectives. The Directorate is headed by the Director of Research, who currently is Dr Tharcisse GATWA. Specifically the Research Director is responsible of:
Coordinating, facilitating and promoting research and consultancy services at PIASS
Observing Ethical considerations in research conducts and inspiring research priorities and agenda
Developing methodologies which shall assist in setting out research priorities, securing funding, planning research, providing capacity building and monitoring research projects.
Organizing research related events and disseminating research findings conference and in particular ‘Scientific Week-end” outputs and Promoting quality publication in PIASS publication series.
Motivating staff and students to conduct research and Strengthening capacity building in research.
Stimulating peer reviews and cross-checking research
- Directorate of Quality Assurance
The Directorate of Quality Assurance carries its mandate from the University and Rwandan National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education and the associated Code of Practice. The Directorate is headed by the Director of Quality, who currently is Mr. Abel Dufitumukiza . The Director of quality is responsible for the academic quality of all taught programmes within the University.. Specific responsibilities including ensuring that all academic programmes are validated, delivered and assessed in line with the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education