Peace and Conflict Studies

The Honors Bachelor Degree Course in Peace Building and Development is the first academic program offered by the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at PIASS.

We offer short certificate courses for peace and development practitioners, community and religious leaders, and others concerned with sustainable peace and development.

Information and networking visit from the Presbyterian Church South Sudan

From Sunday, February 24, to Wednesday, February 27, 2019, PIASS had the honor and pleasure to welcome a delegation from the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. The visit was organized by Reverend Catherine Day, who is serving at the PIASS Faculty of Theology since many years as a Mission Co Worker sent by the Presbyterian Church of the USA. The visitors came from RECONCILE Peace Institute in Yei and from Nile Theological College (NTC) in Juba. Besides a meeting with the Vice Chancellor, an introduction to our work in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies by Dr. Kazuyuki and a presentation of CRASPD and our activities, we organized a mini session to familiarize the visitors with the Alternatives to Violence Program. For this purpose, Dr. Penine, meanwhile the Deputy Vice Chancellor of PIASS joined us, and we had invited some of the AVP facilitators we had trained in 2017 and 2018.  After a round of introductions, where we showed that our AVPers are coming from different countries (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania and other countries) and walks of life (different faculties and student clubs), we invited the visitors to join an affirmation exercise which they visibly enjoyed. One of them commented: “I have been working in prisons with youth offenders at the beginning of my ministry; if I imagine that they can get this message that there is –and others believe that there is – something good in them and that they can work on contributing to the wellbeing of others and the community, I trust that this can change their lives to the positive, and this is amazing.” The next day, the delegation traveled to Nyanza to visit the Umucyo Women’s Reconciliation and Livelihood project

Scholarships for Bachelor’s Program in Peace-Building and Development for International Students from Africa

PIASS offers scholarships (tuition and health insurance) for students to join our 3 years Bachelor’s program from October 2018. Please, see the call for applications (deadline: August 18, 2018)  GLR2018Schoarship

Partial Scholarships for Bachelor’s Program in Peace-Building and Development for Rwandan Youth

Partial scholarships (50% of tuition) are available for Rwandan youth who want to study Peace-Building and Development for a 3 years Bachelor’s Degree at PIASS from October 2018. Please see the call for applications (deadline: August 25, 2018) RwandanScholarship2018Rvd

Workshop on Peace Related Concept for Peace Club Committees

Upon request of the PIASS Peace Club, CRASPD held a workshop on peace related concepts with 14 members of Peace Clubs at Buhimba Secondary School, PIASS Karongi Campus, and the ‘mother’ PIASS (Huye) Peace Club, on the weekend June 29-31, 2018 at the Huye Campus. It was facilitated by the CRASPD Peace Officer, Floriane Niyungeko, and Assistant Coordinator, Muvunyi Serge. In conclusion, all three peace clubs drafted a tentative activity plan which they will now develop further in communication with the members of each club.




  • Students’ Trauma First Aid Training in April and May 2018.

The Peace Club of PIASS, in collaboration with CRASPD and with support from the GIZ Civil Peace Service, will conduct a Trauma First Aid Training for members of PIASS students’ clubs, ahead of the 2018 period of Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This is following a similar training held last year upon students’ request who wanted to learn how to support persons who are in emotional crises that often arise during the commemoration period.  After a short Nonviolent Conflict Transformation Briefing, to clarify terminologies and set the background of the training, the Trauma First Aid Training itself will be held in April and May 2018 for four days, by the experienced trauma counsellors Dr. Joséphine Mukabera, PhD, and MBA Thérèse Uwitonze from Mental Health Dignity Foundation. The same team will conduct a refresher training in which those trained last year will refine the knowledge and skills gained in the training and learn additional techniques to support people in emotional crises. Shortly before the PIASS Commemoration Event, the group of newly trained students will meet those trained last year and form teams who will, under the trainers’ supervision, prepare the Trauma First Aid services for this event.




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