Minister of Education/Republic of Rwanda


Dr. Valentine Uwamariya is the Minister of Education in Rwanda since 28th February 2020. Before joining the Ministry, she was the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of trainings, Institutional development and Research at Rwanda Polytechnic (RP). She was responsible for providing science and technology based technical and vocational training which enable the beneficiaries to create jobs for personal development. She is passionate to promote research and technology and disseminate their findings to foster national development.

Dr Valentine holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from former National University of Rwanda (NUR). In 2005, she got her Msc degree in Chemistry from Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg-South Africa). In 2013, she obtained her PhD from UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in Environmental engineering and Water technology. Dr Valentine has been involved in teaching/research for 19 years at University, and served as Dean of the School of Science at the College of Science and Technology (University of Rwanda).

Besides being a senior lecturer and a researcher at UR, Dr Valentine has held other important responsibilities in the Rwandan Society and sat on Boards of local companies. She is also a member of Local and International Organizations.