Gonzalves Nshimiyimana

PhD Topic

Effectiveness of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial orientation

  • As numbers of university graduates increase, unemployment rates and market skills gaps increase too. Entrepreneurship education (EE) is recommended by governments and academia to increase individual character and potential for effective performance during (self)employment. Though business planning dominated EE, new action oriented approaches meant to stimulate creative thinking are being tested. We assess how effective they are in increasing students' entrepreneurial orientation in Rwanda.



  • 2014- PhD Candidate, International Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT) Program, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 2008-2010 MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 1997-2002 BA in Political Science and Administration, National University of Rwanda, Rwanda


Professional Experience

  • From May 2017 Director of Africa-German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA)-Rwanda Chapter
  • Jan 2015-Aug 2017 Researcher in the Project: "Does opportunity reduce instability? A meta-analysis of skills and employment interventions in Least and Medium Income Countries", Consortium Members: UNU Merit Maastricht, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, International Security and Development Center, INES-Ruhengeri
  • 2014- Founder and Coordinator of INES-Business Incubation Center (INES-BIC), Rwanda
  • 2013- Coordinator of INES-ICCRD (Interdisciplinary Competence Centre for Regional Development), Rwanda
  • 2011- Assistant Lecturer at INES-RUHENGERI- Department of Enterprise Management
  • 2011- Assistant Lecturer at Kigali Independent University, Department of International Relations
  • 2006-2008 Coordinator of Unit in charge of Good Governance and Social Affairs, Southern Province, Rwanda
  • 2003-2005 In charge of relations between Province and Districts/ Gitarama Province, Rwanda


Key qualifications

  • Entrepreneurship management
  • Adult training, Coaching and Mentoring
  • Project management


Scholarships and Awards

  • 2008-2010: DAAD to pursue MBA in SEPT, University of Leipzig, Germany


Training and workshops

  • 28.07.-01.08.2014: Advocacy for improving the business environment in fragile and conflict affected regions, by SPARK, Rwanda
  • 24.04.-28.04.2014: Industry-Academia relationship in enhancing Entrepreneurship in Rwanda, INES-Ruhengeri in Collaboration with University of Leipzig through Intelligence for Innovation (in4in), Rwanda
  • 20.01.-22.01.2014: Potatoes Value chain promotion in Rwanda, INES-Ruhengeri in collaboration with Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Sciences (HAFL), Rwanda
  • 15.06.-19.06.2013: Entrepreneurship enhancement at African Universities, SEPT, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 20.04.-22.4.2013: Managing Business Incubation, by InfoDev, Rwanda



  • Overall employees’ satisfaction and customer service delivery in the upcountry express public road transport in Rwanda, African Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 3, 2013 ISSN 2079-410X, ISBN 978-9966-1570-3-4
  • INES Business Incubation Center - Training Material for a Business Plan. In: Dornberger, U.; R. Adu-Gyamfi; P. Sommer [Eds.] (2015): Entrepreneurship Promotion at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Research Centers. International SEPT Program, Leipzig, Leipzig University.
  • Gonzalves Nshimiyimana, Md. Noor Un Nabi, Utz Dornberger, 2018: Effect of Incorporating Entrepreneurship Module in Non-Business Major Programs in Higher Education Institutes (HEI): A Study of the Science Major Students at The Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur (INES) de Ruhengeri in Rwanda; In Management Issues – Problemy ZarzÈdzania, vol. 16, no. 1(73) part 2: 143 –169 ISSN 1644-9584, © Wydziaï ZarzÈdzania UW, DOI 10.7172/1644-9584.73.9


Conference and workshop presentations

  • 02.11.-4.11.2014, Teaching modules that connect Universities and Industry; in “The Role of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in facilitating Academia - Industry Linkage through Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, iN4iN Africa Conference, ASTU, Ethiopia
  • 24.11.-28.11.2012, The impact of SACOLA (Sabyinyo Community Livelihoods Association) in the conservation of Volcanoes National Park- Rwanda; in “The co-existence of nature, economy and society as base for sustainable economic development”, SEPT, Leipzig University, Germany


Gonzalves Nshimiyimana

International SEPT Program
Leipzig University
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04109 Leipzig

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