Welcome to Akilah

Our campus for female leaders at Davis College, Akilah, opened in Rwanda in 2010. As East Africa’s pre-eminent higher education institution for women, Akilah graduates have launched careers in finance, clean energy, eco-tourism, agribusiness, conservation, technology, and more. The Akilah experience combines the Davis academic model with an intensive focus on women’s leadership.

All-Female Environment

Our all-female campus offers a supportive environment where students can maximize their personal and professional potential. They gain the confidence and agency to enact change in the larger world.


The Akilah Institute offers diplomas in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and Hospitality Management.

Our Diploma Programs

Akilah’s Information Systems Diploma program empowers and equips future technology leaders with highly sought after skills in Software Engineering, Mobile Application Development, Business Intelligence, Database Administration, Networking, and System Analysis.  Responding to the needs of the private sector, Akilah graduates obtain programming skills in multiple languages like Java, Python, PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Additionally, our graduates compete favourably for positions requiring server administration, such as: user management, server management, computer security, backup and storage management, troubleshooting, etc. Finally, regarding hardware maintenance and computer networking, students acquire Cisco IT essential and Networking Associate certifications improving their qualifications in the workforce.

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. 

Why study at Akilah?

88% of Akilah alumnae are employed within six months of graduating, and 90% of graduates are supporting at least one individual or family member financially. Since 2010, Akilah's diploma programs have equipped hundreds of women with the academic, professional, and leadership skills necessary to launch and advance their careers.
55% of students come from rural areas 0
75%of students were unemployed prior to enrollment 0
78% are first generation college students 0
93% student retention rate 0

Evaluation Criteria: English Fluency

In order to assess your listening, reading, writing, and grammatical skills, you will be asked to complete a series of oral and written assessments. Akilah is an English-only campus, and fluency in English is necessary to be successful.

Evaluation Criteria: Academic Excellence

We will review each applicant's national exam results to ensure that you have met our minimum standard for the national exams (dependent on combination type and the year the national exam was taken).

Choosing Your Schedule

All diplomas are available in our Day Program and Evening & Weekend Program. Choose your diploma program and schedule when you apply. The application process and tuition are the same for all programs.

Day Program Schedule

Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Evening & Weekend Program Schedule

Monday to Friday from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Contact us

Request information from our Recruitment Team or speak with an Admissions Officer about your application today!

KN 77 Avenue Kiyovu, Kigali, Rwanda

+250 (0) 788384060