INES-RUHENGERI has selected the Applied Sciences direction following a thorough examination of the labour market environment and the identification of a significant issue pertaining to the mismatch between university products (graduates) and labour market demands in the area. The new focus of Applied Sciences is found in its search for the best method to obtain its educational services.
Since INES is an Institute of Applied Sciences, its academic program and community engagement initiatives must meet certain criteria. These include: (1) academic programs that are designed to meet students' professional needs as well as those of the real community; (2) a more competency-based educational methodology that emphasizes the integration of classroom theory and practice with professional context generic competences; (3) research activities that center on applied research conducted in partnership with the workplace; and (4) close ties with business and industry to support regional development. To achieve these goals laboratories are the pillars to be emphasized for teaching and learning, research and community engagement.