Professor Philip Cotton, Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda

Welcome Message from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda

On behalf of the entire family of the University of Rwanda, I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to the International Social Work Conference that will take place from 19th to 22nd March 2018 in Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (KCEV), Rwanda.

The University of Rwanda aspires to be a research led institution with international recognition, and to contribute in coherent and collegial ways to the socio-economic transformation of Rwanda.

When the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program started in 1999 at the former National University of Rwanda (NUR) the goal was to develop the knowledge and skills required to promote human and community well-being. The program was part of the University’s commitment to deal with the psychosocial effects of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi including trauma, the increased number of vulnerable people, poverty, health, and other social problems.

It is my pleasure to commend the efforts and the partnership of Higher Learning Institutions in East Africa and Austria, Makerere University-Uganda, University of Nairobi-Kenya, Institute of Social Work -Tanzania, University of Rwanda, Hope Africa University-Burundi, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences -Austria and the Austrian Government, through the Austrian Partnership Program in Higher Education for Research and Development (APPEAR), for their joint effort in promoting social work education and practice in East Africa, and for organizing such a conference.

It is my hope that this conference will be an opportunity to showcase our University and to raise the roles of the social work profession in sustainable development.

I look forward to welcoming you all at the University of Rwanda and wish a fruitful trip to this conference. Rwanda is a beautiful country and I hope you find time to explore something of the culture and traditions of this place.


Professor Philip Cotton

Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda


Makerere University
Department of Social Work & Social Administration
P.O Box 7062 Kampala