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The BioMex Certificate Programme:

Shaping the Future of Biotechnology in Rwanda

Discover BioMex, your gateway to the captivating world of biotechnology. Going beyond a conventional certification programme, BioMex welcomes you on a transformative journey into the dynamic realm of biopharmaceuticals. Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge of biotechnological innovation as BioMex unfolds the dynamic future of this field amidst Rwanda's development. Customize your flexible certificate, study at your own pace, and engage with a community of passionate enthusiasts. Embark on a journey brimming with knowledge, growth, and shared passion for biotechnology.

Pioneering Biotechnological Growth in Rwanda: Unleashing Potential and Charting Future Paths

In the heart of Africa, Rwanda emerges as a promising frontier in the realm of biotechnology, poised for exponential growth and transformative development. Recognizing this potential, European institutions, in partnership with the GIZ, have embarked on a collaborative initiative. Aimed at propelling Rwanda's biotechnology sector to new heights, this strategic collaboration is driven by a shared vision to empower Rwanda and contribute to the continent's burgeoning biotechnological landscape.
Amidst the shadows of a tragic past, Rwanda stands at the precipice of a new era, embracing the opportunities that biotechnology brings. With a vision for self-sufficiency and reducing dependency on imports, Rwanda is set to redefine its narrative. The Biomex Initiative becomes a catalyst for change, a platform where European expertise converges with Rwandan aspirations, fostering innovation, sustainability, and the pursuit of a brighter future.
This is more than a collaboration; it's a commitment to harnessing biotechnological advancements for the benefit of Rwanda and the broader African community. Join us on this journey, where knowledge, innovation, and collaboration converge to shape the dynamic landscape of biotechnology in Rwanda and beyond.

The BioMex Certificate Programme- Fostering Collaborative Excellence in Biotech Education

The BioMex Certificate Programme is a collaborative effort between Rwandan and European institutions.Supported by the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ, this project is led by Centre for Distance Learning Programmes at Universities of Applied Sciences (zfh) in partnership with the University of Rwanda, University of Applied Sciences Koblenz, University of Parma, and Institute of Applied Sciences Ruhengeri (INES Ruhengeri).

A dedicated committee of experts carefully designs the curriculum of the BioMex programme, ensuring its excellence and high quality. Encompassing Biotechnology, Biomedicine, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Technology, Innovation Management, Intercultural Cooperation, Facility, Energy, and Environmental Management, the competence cluster guarantees a comprehensive and top-notch educational experience. Since its launch in December 2023, BioMex has transcended the conventional boundaries of an educational program; it stands as a beacon of promise for those seeking transformative experiences in the dynamic field of biotechnology.
This visionary initiative extends beyond mere skill enhancement; it is a commitment to fostering profound cultural exchange between Rwandan and German companies and workers. The content delivered is not only informative but also a gateway to diverse career opportunities, enabling individuals to carve unique paths in the biotechnology industry. The ongoing collaborations and partnerships actively contribute to the international orientation of the project. Following a successful pilot phase, the modular courses will be extended to German students and specialists in 2026.

Unlock Your Biotech Career: Build Your Professional Profile

Embark on a journey into the dynamic realm of biotechnology, extending far beyond traditional sectors. The BioMex initiative is dedicated to providing participants with specialized training through an all-encompassing certificate programme. Our mission is to professionally prepare individuals for the ever-evolving biotechnology sector. Taught by expert lecturers from three nations, our certificate programme acts as your gateway to diverse career opportunities in medicine, healthcare, industrial production, and agriculture. Globally recognized as one of the fastest-growing branches of science, biotechnology holds immense economic and socio-political potential.
Choosing a career in biotechnology means immersing yourself in a realm where you actively engage with biological organisms, creating applications in medicine, healthcare, industrial production, and agriculture. This dynamic field isn't just a sector; it's a pathway to innovation and progress.
Our certificate programme is your key to meeting the demands of the emerging biotechnology sector in Rwanda and establishing your career. With a focus on innovative learning methods, blended learning excellence, and future-ready education, you'll connect with the cutting edge of pharmacy and contribute to Rwanda's future by aiding in disease cure and vaccine development.

Programme Benefits

Tailored Learning Experience: Shape your academic journey with the flexibility to create a personalized profile, ensuring readiness for the dynamic biotechnology job market.

Blended Learning Excellence: Immerse yourself in interactive digital learning through platforms and instructional videos. Gain hands-on experience in the University of Rwanda's laboratories and explore virtual reality (VR) technology.

Future-Ready Education: Anticipate upcoming modules as we continuously enhance our program. Follow our channels for regular updates and connections. Stay informed, stay ahead.

Career Opportunities: Qualify for biotechnological laboratories and explore diverse career pathways through our extensive partnerships within the sector. Launch your career with BioMex and unfold opportunities tailored to your ambitions

Explore Our Certificate Programme Modules

Study the BioMex Certificate Programme flexibly by selecting from our four distinct competence clusters. Customize your learning journey to match your professional interests and career aspirations:

  • Biotechnology and Biomedicine:

Covering key areas such as Molecular Biology, Immunology, Medicine, Genetics, and Bioengineering, this cluster goes beyond theory, fostering practical skills essential for careers in Biomedicine and Biotechnology.

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology:

This cluster delivers targeted training in critical areas like Drug Development, Regulatory Compliance, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Quality Assurance. With modules covering Clinical Trials and Epidemiological Statistics, participants gain comprehensive expertise for regulated environments, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Innovation Management and Intercultural Cooperation:

This cluster focus on developing skills in cross-cultural exchange, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. Through a blend of theoretical concepts, practical exercises, and collaborative projects, participants gain the knowledge and tools necessary for developing innovative solutions, fostering entrepreneurship, and effective communication in multicultural contexts.

  • Facility, Energy and Environmental Management:

This competency cluster focuses on efficient facility management and sustainable resource usage, emphasizing technical maintenance, lifecycle management, and energy conservation, all tailored for sustainable solutions in the pharmaceutical sector.

Certification Levels

Flexible Certification Levels: Your Path, Your Choice

  • Microdegree: From 3 ECTS
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies: From 10 ECTS
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies: From 30 ECTS

The BioMex programme will initially offer the following modules:

Molecular Biology and Molecular Biotechnology

This module reviews and examines the major components of molecular biology. The aim of this module is to provide extensive knowledge of biology at a molecular level. It will cover a range of topics including genome structure, replication and repair; the transcription, RNA processing and translation; regulation of gene expression as well as discuss the methods and laboratory techniques of molecular biology.

Biostatistics and Data Literacy

This course offers an introduction into biostatistics and data literacy. Descriptive statistics, estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are covered. The introduced statistical methods are presented together with examples and corresponding code for the free and open-source software package R.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology

The module in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry offers an introduction to these two disciplines which are fundamental to understand the molecular action of drugs. Basic concepts will be provided along with methodological instruments to understand and discuss the therapeutic values of drugs, their toxicity and side-effects and issues related to their industrial productions.

Innovations Management and Sustainable Development

This module focuses on Innovation Management and Sustainable Development, aiming to prepare students with expertise aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. It combines theory, practice, and collaborative projects to explore innovation principles, problem-solving, and effective presentation techniques, emphasizing creativity, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making to tackle real-world challenges.

Introducing our lecturers

Prof. Dr. Maik Lehmann
- Head of BioMex Programme


Maik Lehmann studied Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Marburg, Oxford and Heidelberg, completed his doctorate at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg and then worked as a postdoc at the Yale University School of Medicine. He was project leader at the BioQuant Centre for Systems Biology in Heidelberg and became research group leader at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2015, he has been Professor of Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Bingen. Maik Lehmann is the initiator of the BioMex certificate programme in Rwanda.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Hensel
- Innovations Management and Sustainable Development


After several years of professional activity in research and marketing, Prof. Dr. Claudia Hensel worked as a consultant and teacher in countries such as Iran, China, Zambia and Argentina. Her intercultural expertise included not only the development of partnership programmes, but also publications with Ethiopian Researchers on Agri-food issues. She is also member of the lead advisor board of the German based NGO Welthungerhilfe being responsible for Sub-Sahara Africa. Prof. Dr. Claudia Hensel represents at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany, the discipline International Marketing with a strong focus on ethics and emerging and underserved markets.

Prof. Dr. Neuhäuser
- Biostatistics and Data Literacy


As a biostatistician Prof. Dr. Markus Neuhäuser worked for academia and industry; since 2006 he is professor of statistics at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences. His main research interests are nonparametric methods, application of statistics in life sciences and especially in clinical trials. He has published many research articles and a few textbooks.

Dr. Thierry Habyarimana
- Molecular Biology and Molecular Biotechnology


Dr. Thierry Habyarimana is Biomedical Scientist who completed his PhD in Molecular Oncology from Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco after completing a Specialized Master’s degree in Life & Health Sciences & Technologies from the same University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences at INES-Ruhengeri. His research and publications include infectious diseases, host-pathogen interaction and cancer. He has an extensive experience in academics and in biomedical research projects working with people from different countries, cultures, and research background.

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Costantino
- Elements of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology


Gabriele Costantino is professor of Medicinal Chemistry at University of Parma, where he served as Director of the Department of Food and Drugs from 2016 to 2023. The main research interests, documented by more than 210 publications, have been the design and synthesis of neuroprotective agents, metabolic modulators (he was part of the team which discovered obeticholic acid, now marketed for the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis) and antibiotics adjuvant drugs. More recently, Gabriele has focused his interest in the bioprospecting of plants as source of active ingredients for pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical products. Gabriele has been president of the Italian Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Vice-President of the Italian Chemical Society and President of the Italian Conference of the Deans of the Faculties of Pharmacy.

First cohort of the BioMex Certificate Programme has started

We welcomed our first students at the two-day kick-off event.
On the first day, we celebrated our opening at the Kigali Convention Centre to coincide with the eLearning Africa conference. In addition to an opening speech by the Minister of Education of Rwanda, Claudette Irere, and German Abassador to Rwanda Heike Uta Dettmann, the participants of our kickoff event took part in our panel discussion and subsequent Q&A session. The exchange was very stimulating and inspiring.
On the second day, we got to know our BioMex students better and shared some great moments with them during our team-building activities. 
We would like to thank GIZ for the organisation and all participants for enriching our event. 

Thank you for being part in our BioMex Journey!

BioMex honoured with "Study Project of the Year 2024", Category "Social Commitment"

We're thrilled to announce that we've been honoured with the prestigious "Study Project of the Year 2024" award in the category of "Social Commitment" by an expert jury of the Federal Association of Distance Learning Providers (Bundesverband der Fernstudienanbieter). 
The association has been awarding study prizes in several categories for over 35 years and we are taking part this year.

The study prize will be awarded on 6 June at the LEARNTEC trade fair in Karlsruhe. See you there!

BioMex at the 13th RPSA Congress in Kigali

We recently showcased our certificate programme at the 13th Congress of the Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association (RPSA) from March 1st to 3rd 2024. It was an amazing opportunity to connect with medical and pharmacy students, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among professionals, researchers, and the healthcare industry.

First trip to Rwanda in 2023

Our Project has started. We went to Kigali in October 2023 and deepened our relations in a delegation trip organised by the GIZ (German Development Cooperation). Prof. Dr. Maik Lehmann (TH Bingen) as the designated head of the certificate programme and Marc Bludau, Managing Director of the zfh, took part.

You can see more impressions of the trip here...

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