Research cooperation between Sida and the university sector in Rwanda has been carried out in three phases since 2002, with the current phase (2013-2018) being the main focus of this evaluation. The programme is implemented in partnership between UR’s central administration and six colleges and 12 Swedish universities. It includes PhD training in the sandwich mode, Master’s training, development of curricula, joint research projects and institutional capacity building in areas such as policy development, research management and research infrastructure.

The overall objective of the UR-Sweden programme is to “Increase production and use of scientific knowledge of international quality at the UR that contributes to the development of Rwanda”, with the following five specific objectives:

  • To contribute to the establishment of an environment more conducive to research and post-graduate training at the University of Rwanda;
  • To increase the number of PhD and Masters holders in Rwanda;
  • To increase the quantity and quality of research conducted at the University of Rwanda;
  • To increase the use of research and competences produced within the programme, in political decision and policy making in Rwanda;
  • To increase the use of research and competences produced within the programme, by the Rwandan society at large.