Who We Are

We exist to advance education and research and to help society tackle the many challenges it faces.


University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK) was created by the Federation of Adventist Parents Associations for the Development of Education in Rwanda (FAPADER) which is an association of several lay Seventh day Adventist proprietorship of secondary school associations that includes:


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 University 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 facility.

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

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

    • Faculty of Law
    • Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management
    • Faculty of Environmental Studies
    • Faculty of Computing and Information Sciences

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

The University organizes a yearly international conference where its fellow researchers share knowledge at the international level in different domains, especially in cooperative
management, sustainable development, Law, and environmental studies. These conferences, research projects, and publications involve academic staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and national and international


UNILAK is a member of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the ORIPES Rwandan Organization of Private Higher Learning Institutions.

UNILAK collaborates with different public, private, and international organizations which are helpful for conducting community outreach activities and research projects.

         Some of the research projects conducted jointly

1.    Examining success factors for sustainable rural development through the integrated cooperative model (MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, MOSHI UNIVERSITY, UNILAK, Canadian Cooperative Alliance (CCA)).

2.    Joint Environmental and Natural Research Center (UNILAK-XIEG).

3. Rice-firming and sustainable rural development in the eastern province of Rwanda.

4.    Study of soil and water conservation and high-yield efficient agriculture for mountain and hilly areas in the upper reaches of the Nile between UNILAK and Xian University.

5.    Examining the role of Agricultural cooperatives in achieving sustainable rural development UNILAK and Land O’Lakes.


          The main objectives of UNILAK are the following:

  1. To design programmes and provide higher learning education so as to award undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degrees and diplomas in various fields.
  2. To carry out and promote research in all scientific and technological disciplines and on different problems at the national and regional levels and worldwide.
  3. To publish research results and to collaborate with other institutions to ensure their dissemination in order to contribute to the promotion of development at the national and regional level and worldwide.
  4. To provide the student with knowledge and skills, technology, and education for self-confidence and self-employment.
  5. To contribute to community engagement activities.
  6. To promote Christian Value.
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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.

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Kigali Campus, Nyanza Campus and Rwamagana Campus

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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.

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Knowledge and Wisdom

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Integrity, Accountability, Christianity, Excellence, Professionalism, Patriotism, and Transparency