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.
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.
AQEPD is supposed to be transformed into a regular Masters/PhD/executive programme within the University of Rwanda