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AQEPD is an academic bridge programme intended to prepare excellent Rwandan Master graduates in Economics for their doctoral studies.

The course serves primarily as an opportunity for advanced training for teaching and research staff at Rwandan universities and policymaking institutions as a preparatory training for a PhD programme. All courses strive to impart macroeconomic knowledge that is applicable to the Rwandan context and relevant to both academics and practitioners.

The participants, who have completed all AQEPD modules, receive individual supervision while drafting their PhD proposals in module A2. Applied Project.

As macroeconomic stability is a prerequisite for broad-based, dynamic growth, important instruments for the reduction of poverty include the pursuit of sustainable fiscal policies by the state, and the financing and management of public and private investments. Therefore, the program cooperates closely with Rwandan government institutions such as the Ministry for Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) and Rwandan universities, in order to strengthen capacities of professionals and academics in macroeconomic management and investment planning.

The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences of Germany has designed the course, offered by the Economic Policy Research Network. AQEPD is accompanied by a variety of networking events hosted by EPRN bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders.



  • Nine (9) non-consecutive weeks
  • Full time from Monday to Friday
  • Starting date: 17th October 2016
  • Closing date: 30th May 2017
  • Venue: University of Rwanda – College of Business Studies (CBS) (former SFB Gikondo campus, Kigali)


Please note applications closed on Septemer 30th 2016. We cannot accept any further applicants.

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