New Biotechnology Laboratory opened at the University of Rwanda
A new laboratory of Biotechnology was opened at the University of Rwanda.
In September 2015, a new biotechnology laboratory was inaugurated at the University of Rwanda (Huye campus) by Honourable Minister of Education, Dr Papias Malimba Musafiri.
The new laboratory is expected to boost the University of Rwanda’s objective of promoting multidisciplinary research initiatives, mainly in the fields of molecular biology, microbiology, toxicology, pharmacology, agriculture, health, and other related fields.
Dr Christian Birame Sekomo, president of Academic and Research Staff Organisation of the University of Rwanda (ARSO−UR), said that the new laboratory meets international standards, which is good for the development of research.
The Minister for Education, Dr Papias Malimba Musafiri, urged academia to make use of the biotechnology complex to find solutions to pressing issues.
“I strongly encourage established researchers to take advantage of this complex to address Rwanda and region’s specific problems in agriculture, environment, waste treatment and so on,” he said.
The Minister for Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, said such a facility would help Rwanda on its development path.
“You can help the health sector by developing drugs. So far, Rwanda has only collaborated with other countries to develop drugs, you should bring this here,” she said. She also added that the ministry is working on a draft law that would facilitate clinical trials for drugs developed in the country or elsewhere, which she hopes will be completed in two months.
The new biotechnology complex was built and equipped with the support of the Belgian Development Cooperation under the framework of the partnership between the University of Rwanda and the Academy for Research and Higher Education.
Musafiri called for more funding mechanisms to enhance quality of research, especially in life science which, he said, requires advanced equipment and facilities. He affirmed the Ministry of Education’s support to the facility to ensure it is functioning as expected.
The head of the laboratory, Dr Charles Karangwa, said that some PhD students have been carrying out research at the laboratory, adding that the facility has been making between Rwf500 million and Rwf600 million per year.
Also present at the launch were delegations from Belgium, Burundi, DR Congo and South Africa.
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