University of Lay
Adventist of Kigali (UNILAK) was created by the Federation of Adventist Parents
Associations for the Development of Education in Rwanda (FAPADER).

UNILAK was approved
through the Convention No. 001 of 03 February 1997, which was signed between
the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, and FAPADER. The Institute obtained
legal identity as a nonprofit association under Rwandan law through the
Ministerial Decree No. 89/11 of 02 July 2004 and it was fully accredited by the
government of Rwanda through the Ministerial Order NO 002/09 of 09/04/2009.

The University’s
Headquarters are located in the City of Kigali, Gasabo District, Remera Sector.
UNILAK has also expanded its activities in the Southern province (Nyanza) and
Eastern Province (Rwamagana) and the two campuses operate with a competitive
modern boarding facilities.

UNILAK‘ Data Universal
Numbering System (D-U-N-S) Number is 561227536 which
shows the extent to which UNILAK is credible at global level.

UNILAK has four
faculties offered both in undergraduate and master’s level:

Faculty of Law,

Faculty of Economic
Sciences and Management (This includes the department of cooperative

Faculty of Environmental

Faculty of Computing and
Information Sciences.

UNILAK’Vision: The Vision of UNILAK is to become a leading University in
Africa, grounded in Christian values, we strive for excellence in education,
research, and community service.

UNILAK’Mission: The Mission of UNILAK is to promote integral education,
scientific and technological research, community service and any other thing
that may directly or indirectly contribute to the real development of Rwanda.

UNILAKResearch Profile :UNILAK has an international scientific journal named “East
African Journal of Science and Technology, EAJST” it isonline(http://eajournal.unilak.ac.rw/)and
printed periodically. (ISSN: 2227-1902).

UNILAK organizes yearly
international conference where UNILAK with fellow researchers share knowledge
at international level in different domains especially in cooperative
management, sustainable development, Law and environmental studies. These
conferences, research projects and publications involve academic staffs,
undergraduate and post graduate students and national and international

UNILAK Collaboration
with other Institutions: 
UNILAK is a member of
Inter University Council for East Africa  (IUCEA) and ORIPES (Rwandan
Organization of Private Higher Learning Institutions).

 collaboration with different public, private and international
organizations which is helpful for conducting community outreach activities and
research projects.

Some the MoUs UNILAK has
with other Institutions   




30/March 2012

Xinjiang institute of Ecology and Geography

Promote research,
education and exchange programs between two institutions


The Canadian
cooperative association

The research aims to
ass to the knowledge of how to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty in a
sustainable way in rural communities.  The general objective of this
research is to improve programming in rural development both in Africa and
Canada by obtaining new knowledge about integrated cooperative models in

Research on
exploration of the added value of an integrated approach to cooperative
development  as tool for rural development to assess whether rural
development  through cooperatives works better when cooperatives are
integrated, and if so, under what condition this integration works best (Hard
copy MoU available )



Mutual cooperation on
development and promotion of cooperatives in Rwanda

Purpose: develop
cooperation in order to strengthen the capacity of cooperative sector in
Rwanda through competencies  of the two institutions

Scope: offer each
other opportunity to conduct various activities and programs such as
training, curricula development and staff development that will foster
cooperative relationship

(Hard copy MoU available )


Association Rwandaise
pour le development rural/ Eastern Province

Build friendship and
good will and foster a relationship that will support exchanges that promote
meaningful civic engagement in a global context between ARDR and INILAK

Establishment of joint
service and community development projects , organization of joint research
program, exchange of knowledge , ideas and training(Hard copy MoU available )

3/may 2013

Moshi University
college of cooperative and business studies, Tanzania


Create a mutual
beneficial partnership with the object to facilitate academic staff exchange,
improved research and enhance the sharing of educational resources, exchange
of information and expertise


Promote knowledge
through research in the institutes in Rwanda and Tanzania

Building a network of
Tanzanian and Rwandan research experts in the areas of cooperative studies ,
maintaining  relations and promoting exchanges within this network (Hard
copy MoU available )


IMF unguka

 Un cadre
d’echange qui est indispensable et benefique pour les duex parties a travers
differentesactivitesnotamment: les formations professionnaires et
academiques, les stages, les documentations, encadrement  etconsultances
(Hard copy MoU available )


IPAR (Institute of
Policy  Analysis and Research-Rwanda24 months

Collaborating in
research training and other initiatives relating to social and economic
policy research (Hard copy MoU available)


National commission of
science and technology(NCST)/10 years

Data sharing
agreement: allow exchange of information to determine the extent to which
mutual beneficial information sharing opportunities may exist between the two
institutions (Hard copy MoU available )


Ministry of Disaster
Management and Refugees(MIDMAR)

Collaboration in doing
joint research and conference

Internship for UNILAK

Etc…….  (Hard
copy MoU available )



Contribute to the
national development by providing well-educated citizens capable of handling
developmental challenges, with much emphasis on quality education both on moral
and intellectual basis, able to develop the spirit of know-how, creativity and performance
in accordance with the vision 2020.


The core mission of the
University of Lay Adventists of Kigali is to promote education, scientific and
technological research as well as the service to the community.


Knowledge and Wisdom


1.    Kigali

2.    Nyanza

3.    Rwamagana