• Cyprien Sikubwabo
  • André Muhirwa
  • Philothère Ntawiha


Graduate, employability, predictors, shrinking, student enrolments, private tertiary institutions


  This study sought to investigate the influence of graduate employability on the shrinking of student enrolments in selected private tertiary institutions in Rwanda. This study adopted the correlational research design involving quantitative approach. The study was carried out in 6 selected private tertiary institutions in Rwanda. The study involved a population of 13914 subjects and a sample of 382 participants. The data was collected using a structured questionnaire with 5-point Likert scales. The data was analysed using percentages, frequencies, means, standard deviation and regression analysis. The results of this study revealed that graduate employability has no significant influence on the shrinking of student enrolments in private tertiary institutions in Rwanda. However, it was found that job availability among Rwandan university graduates have significant influence on the shrinking of student enrolments in private tertiary institutions in Rwanda while working conditions among employed Rwandan university graduates have no significant influence on the shrinking of student enrolments in the same institutions. The study recommended that the Ministry of Education should make it mandatory for all private tertiary institutions in Rwanda to offer entrepreneurship related courses and ensure that all the students finish their studies with the knowledge of how to run businesses.  


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