Our Diploma Programs

Akilah’s Information Systems Diploma program prepares students to innovate and excel in the fast-growing technology industry. Students learn to use software systems and build apps or platforms to solve business problems. Partnerships with leading technology companies, such as Cisco, ensure that students graduate with the certifications necessary to land competitive jobs.

Akilah’s Hospitality Management Diploma emphasizes strong English communication and customer service skills, which are key to employment in the industry. Students master the fundamentals of tourism, lodging, food and beverage, and event planning while strengthening their understanding of hotel management and human resources. Graduates have the necessary skills to move directly into management roles.

Akilah’s Business Management & Entrepreneurship Diploma provides an in-depth understanding of how to bring a business idea to market and key business administration and management concepts. Instructors encourage innovation as students learn to make informed business decisions using data analysis, market research, and problem-solving skills. Students participate in startup competitions and graduate with the global business skills needed to establish their own ventures or join existing ones.

Our Academic Model

Akilah’s unique academic model combines a core curriculum in environmental, social, and economic sustainability with intensive leadership training, community service, public speaking, and soft skill development. Curriculum content is customized to be geographically and culturally relevant to our students.

Leadership Development

Students develop their confidence and identify their strengths, values, and goals in Akilah's leadership module. They gain the skills to inspire and motivate others to work toward a common cause.

Community Service

Students complete over 80 hours of community service and a Social Change Project.

Growth Mindset

Students cultivate a growth mindset, the belief that their knowledge and talents can be developed through hard work.

Public Speaking

Akilah provides a participatory learning experience, where students present and defend their ideas in a supportive environment.

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.

Preparing for the Workplace

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.

Why We're Unique

Traditional academic models determine student success based on how much time a student spends on a specific subject. A student who spends one semester learning about a subject, receives one credit for that semester. This approach to learning doesn’t guarantee that the student has mastered the subject matter, nor does it guarantee that the student is prepared to apply the knowledge in a professional environment. Rather than time, Akilah uses a variety of learning methods to ensure students master the subject matter before progressing. A student's success is determined by their ability to demonstrate a deep understanding of key concepts and skills.

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.

Career Development

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.

Employer Feedback

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.

Demonstrated Success

Nearly 90% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduating and earn, on average, 12x the national median income.

Our Graduates

Since 2010, our programs have equipped hundreds of women with the academic, professional, and leadership skills necessary to launch and advance their careers with companies like Marriott International, Kumwe Logistics, Nation Media Group, Impact Hub, One Acre Fund, Inkomoko, Question Coffee, and more.

Recruitment Officer, Akilah Institute

Cynthia Niyonkuru, Class of 2016

Entrepreneur, Jewelry Designer

Sakina Usengimana, Class of 2016

Software Engineer, MeshPower

Sonia Rugwiro, Class of 2017

First Female Safari Driver in Rwanda

Rose Muhumuza, Class of 2017

Contact us

Get in touch with our team to learn more about our academic programs and future offerings.

KN 77 Avenue Kiyovu, Kigali, Rwanda

+250 (0) 788384060