PIASS • Senior Management



Application for September Intake 2019 Now Open

PIASS,Huye Po Box 619,RW

Office of Quality Assurance :(+250)788623526

Office of Vice Chancellor :(+250)788310811

Registrar's Office:(+250)785150811,registrar@piass.ac.rw

Senior Management



C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\DSC04094.jpg

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.


- Vice-Chancellor


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:

  • Implement the decisions of the Board of Directors and assume managerial responsibilities;
  • Ensure rational utilization and management of financial assets of PIASS;
  • Represent PIASS at the national and international levels;
  • Hire full-time lecturers proposed by Deans;
  • Ensure the welfare, the discipline and the good behavior of the students and the staff members;
  • Endorse and forward short, medium and long term budget proposals of PIASS to the Board of Directors for approval;
  • Submit to the Board of Directors for approval and adoption the annual action plan or the annual budget draft proposal for the case of the public Institute or the budget proposal if it is the private Institute;
  • Prepare the cooperation agreement proposals between PIASS, research centers and other organs and forward them to the Board of Directors for approval;
  • Prepare the annual activity and financial rep orts of PIASS and submit them to the Board of Directors for approval;
  • Designate a Deputy Vice Chancellor to replace him or her when the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs is absent or withheld;
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned to him/her by the Board of Directors.

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

Prof. Dr. Penine Uwimbabazi holds a Doctoral Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She has been working at higher education since 2004 serving in different department of UKZN administration until 2008. In 2008, 2009 and 2013 she has been working as a part time lecturer at the Independent University of Kigali (ULK), one semester in each respective year.  From 2009 to 2011 she has been serving as a Post Graduate and Research Assistant for the department of Policy and Development Studies at UKZN. In 2011 – 2013, she worked as a lecturer and still served as a Post Graduate and research Assistant at the School of Social Sciences, International Relations and Public Affairs, at the UKN, in South Africa.

From 2013 to 2018 she works as Senior Lecturer and Director of Quality Assurance, at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS). From February 2019 she is serving as a Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic of PIASS.  Prof. Penine Uwimbabazi is an international recognized facilitator and trainer of, especially Alternative to Violence Program among others. She is also serving as a consultant for the Rwanda Higher Education Council (HEC) since 2015, and seats in several institutions’ boards of directors, and one of Editorial board for the European Journal.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of PIASS is in charge of :
  • - Coordinating all activities related to the Institution’s education and academic programs.
  • - Coordinating research activities and programs;
  • - Organizing meetings of the Senate and ensuring the implementation of its decisions;
  • Replacing the Vice Chancellor in case of absence or when he is held up
  • Carrying out any other activity related to his duties as entrusted to him by the Vice Cancellor.


- 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

Besides Academic Quality Director is responsible of describing and establishing how well the learning opportunities available to students help them to achieve their award. She/he has to make sure that the appropriate and effective teaching, support, assessment and learning opportunities are provided.