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Posted by on August 1, 2016

The Integrated Polytechnic Regional College IPRC KITABI (Former KCCEM) operates under Rwanda Polytechnics (RP). The college was established by the board of ORTPN in 2006 with a mandate to build capacity in conservation, tourism and environmental management in Rwanda and the wider Albertine Rift Region. The objective behind the establishment of IPRC KITABI is in line with Development Goals and the Rwanda Vision 2020.
Through the College, Rwanda aims at developing human resources with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage its wealth of environmental assets and handle challenges facing the environment such as land degradation, ecosystem degradation and human-wildlife conflicts and hence, contribute to sustainable development and securing the livelihoods of its people.
The IPRC KITABI is currently the only institution in Rwanda to offer this kind of training. The College provides the facilities and training programes for organisations such as Rwanda Development Board (Tourism and Conservation) and the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), decentralized structures and other government agencies and conservation NGOs as well as Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Rwanda. The College aims to play a wider regional role, by developing and delivering training packages for the Albertine Rift countries, in particular Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Currently, IPRC KITABI hosts non-academic programes, conferences, workshops and retreats as well as internships, which are important sources of income for the IPRC KITABI. Paying guests (often under-graduate research groups from international universities) are also accommodated depending on availability of accommodation. Furthermore, IPRC KITABI is considering to host research activities being conducted in Nyungwe National Park and that can be linked to the educational programes at the College.