About Student Chapter

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EPRN student chapter is a group of university students who are in the field of economics, finance, business, statistics and other related fields. It engages students with various activities aiming at sharpening their skills and mind the following area :
• Research (develop culture of reading and writing)
• Study trips
• Internship ( academic &professional)
• Debate (Develop public speaking skills)
• Networking events (conferences and seminars)
• Career development
• Capacity building (Training and Public lectures)
• Student Competitions (Paper writing, Debates and group quiz)
• Online and physical library and E-learning

Organizational Structure of Student Chapter Group

National level
At Country level, There are two staffs namely Representative and Deputy Representative whoare in charge of coordinating all Student Chapter groups in universities. They are also responsible for commutation between EPRN and Student Chapter Groups through physical visits at their campus, emails and phone calls. The Representative and his/her Deputy are recruited by EPRN and reports to EPRN Coordinator on weekly basis.

Campus Level
At campus level, EPRN student chapter group has 4 committee members
• Team leader
• Deputy team leader
• Secretary
• Accountant

Responsibilities of each Student Chapter committee member

a. Team Leader

  • Represent student chapter in campus
  • Represent student chapter in EPRN events where students need to be represented
  • Coordination of group activities
  • Prepare annual work plans
  • Prepare activity concept notes
  • Prepare activity report, monthly report and annual report
  • Recruit and mobilize members
  • Report to Representative of EPRN Student Chapter Groups

b. Deputy Team Leader

  • Works with Team Leader in his/her responsibilities
  • Act in the absence of the team leader and whenever appointed to
  • Recruit and mobilize members
  • Reports to Team Leader

c. Secretary

  • Takes minutes of committee meeting
  • Prepare reports of events at campus level
  • Keep and update database of members at campus level
  • Store and keep records of all the student chapter documents
  • Recruit and mobilize members
  • Reports to Team Leader

d. Accountant

  • Prepares activity budget at campus level
  • Make necessary purchases with supporting documents (invoice, receipt, attendance list…) for all expenses
  • Prepare financial report every quarter and year
  • Manage special grant / income for the group
  • Recruit and mobilize members
  • Reports to Team Leader

Incentives to committee members

• Each student chapter committee member is entitled to EPRN T-shirt, Notebook, Pens and promotion materials
• A student chapter group is allowed to send one committee member in trainings organized by EPRN free of charge
• All committee members are allowed to attend EPRN events free of charge (conferences, policy dialogues, etc)
• Special awards to 3 best performing student chapters (annually)

How does the Student chapter group work ?

• The group prepares annual work plan to be approved by EPRN Secretariat
• A group prepares a concept note with budget (if necessary) for every single activity before implementation
• EPRN staff in charge of student chapter attends an event which necessitates budgets. In this case he/she carries money required for the event expenses and bring back all supporting documents
• After an event is done, an original report is prepared and sent to EPRN (representative of student chapter) and a copy is kept by the chapter group’s committee.

Partners in this project

EPRN Rwanda looks forward to have partners to implement this project which mainly targets to identify potentials in youth and enhance the youth capabilities. Many development partners including NGOs and INGOs strive to help youth empowerment journey through building their capacities, providing networking opportunities, providing services like career guidance, etc. Therefore EPRN is happy to welcome all interested partners to make this project a reality.

What is the difference between EPRN and EPRN Student Chapter ?

EPRN is the parent organization, focusing on senior researchers and staff from Rwandan government institutions, while EPRN Student Chapter is a branch of EPRN which targets university students.

What makes EPRN Student Chapter unique ?

EPRN Student Chapter is Rwanda’s first network of junior researchers (University students) who are the nurseries of future economic research. The EPRN Student Chapter groups organize events focusing on economic topics, skills and knowledge-transfer, peer to peer support and networking. By joining EPRN Student Chapter, university students will develop their potential with the help of customized services and access to a broad network of stakeholders in the field of economics and policy research. The objective is to enable university students to embark in their own research, spark innovative solutions in them and give a voice to them as youth while strengthening their skills in presenting, debating, academic writing, etc. In turn, this will increase their overall employability.

Who can join EPRN Student Chapter groups ?

Our target group is but not limited to university students from economics Statistics, Business and other related fields who are interested in research. However, doors are open to students from other disciplines who show a strong interest in research.

UR-CAVM

NIYONGIRA Elysee

0788 866 954

[email protected]

UR-CBE Gikondo

NSHIMIYIMANA Patrick

0785 269 904

[email protected]

UR-CBE Huye

GISAGARA Modeste

0788 395 263

[email protected]

INES Ruhengeri

MWEMA Attalie

0781 468 783

[email protected]

UNILAK Rwamagana

Mutijima Enock

0780 803 141

[email protected]

MOUNT KENYA UNIVERSITY

IRADUKUNDA KALIZA Elyse

0780 580 986

[email protected]

There are two ways of registering as an EPRN member : 1. You can either go to www.eprnrwanda.org , select “Become a Member” in the top right corner and then click on “Don’t have an account ?”, or 2. you can register by filling the membership form at offices, online or during our events. Upon registration, you will receive our monthly newsletter and will have access to insider information regarding economics and research in Rwanda, like information on conferences and calls for paper to publish your research, job openings and vacant internship positions, etc.

For becoming a member of EPRN Student Chapter and attending interesting events on economics and research at your campus, please contact the leaders of the group at your campus to register in their list.

There is no EPRN Student Chapter group at my campus. What can I do about this ?

If there is an economics department or study options related to economics at your campus, you are welcome to reach out to or call (+250) 788 357 648 to check for the possibility of starting an EPRN Student Chapter group at your campus. If there is no such department at your campus, you can join an EPRN Student Chapter group of the above mentioned campuses and attend their events.

Why are there no groups at campuses without study options related to economics ?

As our resources are limited, we will concentrate our efforts on students of economics in the first step. Therefore, we will start with EPRN Student Chapter groups at campuses with an economics department.

What about graduates ?

If you are not a university student anymore but have finished your degree, you can come to our EPRN events and also continue attending the EPRN Student Chapter events. Also, there are other services like the Young Economist Program or the AQEPD Program which EPRN temporarily offers for graduates in cooperation with our partner organisations.

My question wasn’t answered here. Whom can I contact ?

You can contact us via mailto:[email protected] and call (+250) 788 357 648. We will gladly assist you.