PIASS • Historical Background

Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences


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Historical Background

Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) is a Christian Institution of higher Learning privately owned by five Rwandan Protestant Churches, opened in 2010 in Butare, Southern Province of Rwanda.In so called Great Lakes Region. It builds upon the Protestant Theological Faculty (FTPB) set up in1990 that took over from the School of Theology of Butare (ETB) established in 1970.

The arrival of first missionaries in Africa, precisely in Rwanda, not only contributed to the spread of Gospel but also it triggered development of educational, medical and socio-economic sectors. This inspired Rwandan Protestant churches so that they felt and still feel responsible for just development of the Rwandan society which inspired the creation of the School of Theology which was founded with the aim of bearing authentic Pastors and preachers with valuable knowledge and able to confront the new theological, economical, educational and social challenges.

FTPB and subsequently PIASS received official accreditation by the Rwandan Minister of Higher Education to operate on the Rwandan territory as a private Institution of Higher Education.

After 1994 Rwandan genocide against Tutsi, FTPB was also undermined and it had to resume its activities to meet the specific needs of a recovering society. Since 2010, it was decided to add two new faculties Education and Development Studies under a new umbrella named PIASS. Today it is comprising of 3 faculties and 7 departments with a number of students up to 1230 in 2013. Teaching staff amount to 82 , 29 being permanent that are supplemented by 10 administrative staff and 10 technical.

Programs are held on day time, evenings and week-ends. Instruction language changed from French to English to fit the national policy and better integrate regionally and worldwide.

Around 350 graduates from ETB and FTPB are now contributing in the development of the whole country. Future graduates from PIASS will continue on the same path in larger number.

Important dates for PIASS’s life are summarized below:

1970 : Foundation of School of Theology of Butare (Ecole de Theologie de Butare - ETB)

1990 : Creation of Faculty of Protestant Theology of Butare (FTPB).

1993 : Convention no 1552 of 09 december 1993, accrediting FTPB.

1995 – 2000: Thelogical Education Special Program launched after 1994 genocide

1999 : Reopenning FTPB

2009 : Education Ministerial Order no 09/11 licensing Institut Protestant des Sciences Humaines de Butare (IPSHB)

2010 : Creation of an Institute with 3 Faculties:

  • Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (FTRS)

  • Faculty of Education (FED)

  • Faculty of Development Studies (FDS)

2010: The Official Gazette n°29 of 19/07/2010 recognizing the Institute under the name of Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS)

PIASS’ Founders:

  • Presbyterian Church in Rwanda (E.P.R.)

  • Union of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (UEBR)

  • Free Methodist Church in Rwanda (EMLR)

  • Anglican Church in Rwanda (EAR): Dioceses of Kigali, Butare, Kigeme, Byumba, Shyira and Shyogwe.

  • Association of Pentecostal Churches in Rwanda (ADEPR).


    :: Mission and Vision

PIASS Vision, Mission, Motto, Principles and Values


PIASS is a reference university, fostering knowledge development and innovative research that are relevant for the society and inspired by Christian ethics and values.


PIASS provides to Rwandan Society and Churches well trained personnel who are inquisitive, solution oriented, committed and equipped with intellectual tools, knowhow and ethical values that enable them to meeting specific needs of societies that are on a reconciliation path and moving towards a global, modern and pluralistic world.


Faith and Science for Life

Principles and values

Action of PIASS draws on principles and values that must be respected and observed:

Liberation: As Christian institution, the PIASS is convinced that the Gospel of Christ aims at the holistic liberation from all human alienations hic et nun. Christian churches, through the proclamation of the Gospel and the social dialogue with the world, are at the service of this ideal.

Relevance : the PIASS believes that higher education plays a key role in construction and Development of a just, equitable and stable society through the training of responsible citizens, committed and professionally competent.

Autonomy: the free exchange of ideas in a pluralistic society is essential to the achievement of higher education.

Effectiveness and efficiency: the constant objectives adapted to the changing needs of the environment and the achievement of expected results at the lowest cost is essential.

Quality: training, research and services to the community must be competitive both nationally and internationally.

Innovation: teaching and learning process focusing on the changing needs of churches and society. The programs is continually evaluated and innovated to fully integrate ICT for quality improvement. The spirit of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation is encouraged and motivated at all levels.

Solidarity: PIASS works in solidarity with the community and other institutions of higher learning to achieving it mission.

Collaboration: Working together is always the main characteristic of the institution.

Transparency: Resources of the institution are managed in a rigorous transparency.

Good Governance: Decentralization and other principles of good governance are adopted at all levels of the institution.


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