Akilah’s unique transformational learning environment focuses on teamwork, experiential learning, critical thinking, leadership, and confidence building, challenging the existing norms of rote learning and limited career advancement.

Majors are designed with extensive input from the private sector and delivered by industry experts. Akilah works closely with the local private sector to develop market-relevant curricula and to ensure job placement for graduates.

All students are enrolled in a longer school year, complete leadership and ethics courses, and pursue intensive community service, and internship programs.

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Courses of Study

Akilah Rwanda offers three-year Diploma programs in Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, and Information Systems.

Akilah Burundi offers three-year Diploma programs in Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Managament.


Foundation Program

In order to close the achievement gap for graduates from the rural secondary school system, students complete intensive courses in English language and communication, leadership skills, math, and IT proficiency.

Akilah offers all instruction in English to prepare our students for the labor market in East Africa and afford them the competitive advantage of being bilingual.


The coursework includes twelve courses in the student’s major and eight core courses: Fundamentals of Accounting, Principles of Management, Managing Information Systems, Foundations of Ethical Leadership, Community Leadership, Principles of Marketing, Career Management, and Business Writing.

Academic Methodology

Instructor Training

All instructors participate in intensive training, classroom observation, and professional development modules prior to assuming their positions in the classroom. The Akilah model changes the role of an instructor to a facilitator instead of a lecturer. Modules include active listening, classroom management, Team-Based Learning design, facilitation skills, and more.

Team-Based Learning

Akilah courses focus on giving students the skills to solve significant, real-world problems and to develop deep understanding of the materials. Class time is focused on critical thinking and practical application of key concepts. Instructors use a combination of application exercises and guided classroom discussions to help students apply the content to real life situations.


The use of technology at Akilah deepens the learning experience and ensures that class time is focused on creative and analytical thinking instead of repetitive exercises. Students develop an initial understanding of key concepts by using tools such as Khan Academy, Coursera and other open source plaforms. Students access all the Akilah curriculum and modules on a learner management system, Moodle, and complete readings and quizzes prior to class. Akilah is currently exploring additional opportunities for technology integration, including the use of a mobile app platform.

Regional Case Studies

In partnership with leading Rwandan and East African entrepreneurs, Akilah instructors have developed written and video case studies to provide students with local examples and content.


Visiting experts offer workshops and seminars in diverse topics. Past workshops have included: Reproductive Health, Developing a Personal Narrative, Entrepreneurship in the Modern Rwanda, and Financial Literacy.

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