Our Diploma Programs
Designed in collaboration with Rwandan tourism and hospitality professionals and leaders, this competency-based program consists of a variety of courses focused on key sectors of the Rwandan and regional tourism industry to include: hotel and lodging, food and beverage, MICE, and travel and tourism. Graduates possess the practical, hands-on skills demanded by the industry and gain this experience via rigorous career internships.
The Business Management and Entrepreneurship program cultivates the entrepreneurial skills and mindsets of learners, and also provides an in-depth understanding of business management over two years. Both inside and outside of the classroom (through rigorous internships), learners acquire key technical skills enabling them to launch their own ventures or to valuably support the growth of existing businesses.
How We Teach: Competency-based Education
CBE is an outcomes-based, student-centered approach to learning that leads to earning a degree by proving mastery of specific competencies, rather than completing credit hours.
→ Students advance upon demonstrated mastery
→ Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students
→ Assessment is meaningful, and students receive timely feedback
→ Learning outcomes emphasize the creation of knowledge and the development of important skills and dispositions
Defining 'Competencies' at Akilah
Every course we teach is aligned with a specific set of core or program competencies. The core competencies span everything from digital literacy, to leadership and social responsibility, to career navigation, to self-esteem, with specific indicators to measure change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Davis College and Akilah are a part of the same institution, and a part of the same global network of universities. Davis College students and Akilah students have access to the same innovative academic model, the same leadership, and the same career opportunities. However, Davis College and Akilah are two different campuses and offer two different student experiences.
Yes. Female students are eligible to study at either Davis College or Akilah. Female students must submit separate applications to study at either Davis College or Akilah. Male students can only apply to and attend Davis College.
CBE, or competency-based education, is an outcomes-based, student-centered approach to learning that leads to earning a degree, diploma, or other credential by proving mastery of specific competencies, rather than completing credit hours. CBE is particularly effective for preparing graduates for the workforce because it focuses on what students know and can do.
Our curriculum effectively prepares students for the workforce because we collaborate with regional employers and industry experts to identify exactly what students need to know. Our courses are continuously updated to reflect the latest industry and workforce trends. As soon as students demonstrate they have mastered a particular concept or skill, they can advance to the next level. This way, students receive a tailored approach to learning and career preparation.
CHANCEN International has partnered with Davis to offer students a socially responsible loan called an Income Share Agreement (ISA). Students in the CHANCEN program pay a percentage of their their tuition fees to Davis. CHANCEN International pays the remaining portion of their tuition. Once the student has graduated and starts earning a minimum monthly income, she will start repayment. The payment amount is a percentage of each graduate’s salary for a specified period of time. Graduates who earn more will pay back more, and those who earn less will pay back less. The program allows graduates to repay their loans while covering their living costs. To learn more, visit CHANCEN’s website.
From classroom exercises to after-hours events and trainings, Akilah provides the resources our graduates need to secure jobs and launch successful careers.
All students receive personalized career coaching in individual and group sessions. Our Careers Team helps students evaluate their skills and interests so they can set meaningful career goals. Students work individually with Talent Advocates to improve their CV and cover letters, identify potential employers, and prepare for job applications and interviews. Akilah also hosts career-readiness workshops, networking events, and an annual career fair.
Akilah works with private sector employers to develop academic programs that reflect industry needs and demands. Our students learn the latest technology, methods, and practical skills sought by employers.
“We give students exposure and access to all the job opportunities out there. But we also equip them to secure the job themselves through strong CVs, professional statements, and interview skills.”
– Hellen Konyango, Talent Advocate
→ Career Assessment
Each student completes an in-depth career action plan that outlines their career goals and identifies the steps needed to achieve them.
→ Private Sector Partners
The Careers Team works with more than 60 employer partners and government agencies to identify new job opportunities for students.
→ Application Workshop
Students receive guided assistance in filling out job applications, creating a LinkedIn profile, and writing CVs and cover letters.
→ Interview Preparation
Workshops cover interview dress code, preparing an elevator pitch, sample questions and how to answer them, and the importance of confidence and eye contact.
→ Interview & Job Placement
Students are required to complete an internship to gain practical experience in their chosen industry. Internships provide opportunities to connect with employers and can lead to job offers.