Student Life

When you join ALU, you don’t just join a university, you become a part of a community of lifelong learners. At ALU, learning extends beyond the classroom. Whether you’re rehearsing a play for our annual ArtsFest or leading our soccer team on the field during an ALU Alive #Move session, or even preparing to take center stage to host one of  our community gatherings, there’s an opportunity to develop yourself and have fun at the same time!

Our mission is to empower students to co-design robust and quality programs centered around student support and development, to maintain a safe and well-run campus, and to provide spaces for engagement and positive culture building.

ALU Student Life Departmental vision is to enable our students to embark on a holistic journey throughout which they are able to own their development and growth towards becoming well-rounded leaders at ALU and beyond.

Student Life @ ALU

ALU offers a wide variety of events aimed at building community and showcasing our students.

Events are ongoing throughout the academic year and range from monthly community lunches and Assemblies, to yearly student run events such as ArtsFest, and Wellness Week.

Interested in more? Find out what A Day in The Life of An ALU Student looks like.

Student Programs

The Student Life Team  invests in non-academic learning for students contributing to the ALU 21st Century Skills objective. As an ALU student through the Student Life Team, you have access to training & coaching sessions  and upskilling opportunities designed to help you cultivate your capacity to self regulate (organize & manage your resources & responsibilities) and to work efficiently within teams (problem solve, manage conflict, communicate effectively etc).

You will also have access to multiple opportunities where you get to learn more about, discuss & practice these skills during Culture Series sessions, participate in Alive 1:1s to access direct assistance in your development journey with SLT staff &/or Peer Counselors, and hone your inter/intra-personal skills by practicing them within our mentorship & volunteer programs helping you sharpen your own abilities to work and organize yourself more efficiently by practicing them outside of session in a work environment.   

Knowing that in today’s highly competitive market whether public, private or civil society, the need for professionals with strong interpersonal & social skills is critical and a clear competitive advantage, the Student Life Team has purposed to give you all avenues available for you to be functionally prepared to meet these demands at the market and those you place on yourself to serve your community.

Culture Series – Coupling psycho-education with soft skills and application tools, Culture Series is a Student Life Team offering that invests in your non-academic learning opportunities to cultivate your social and self regulatory skills. Working effectively in groups and alone against tasks are skills highly sought after in the modern professional workplace, public, private or civil society. These active learning workshops equip you with the information, tools and practical settings to refine your holistic learning outside of academics.

Volunteer Program – Volunteering is a value addition opportunity for both volunteers and institutions. With this program you have the opportunity to gain experience within the ALU administrative workspace while benefitting from a purposeful professional development structure provided by the study internships department. By both nurturing your professional workspace experience and encouraging an applied voluntary spirit, with this program you are positioned to target your professional growth uniquely before entering the job/entrepreneurial market.

Mentorship Program – Having experienced peers and/or professionals you can access through the Mentorship program can both smoothen your transitions in work, school & life. Make use of the peers & professionals within the mentorship program to help you navigate your growth and prepare you to help others along the same process.

Training Program – The Training Program offers you an opportunity to learn facilitation skills necessary to host a successful training session from a classroom session to specialized upskilling. Learn a valuable skill set with the training program that will contribute to your success transferring other skills and knowledge whenever in your professional life you need to.

Even with all the programs we offer, we encourage you to take ownership of your journey. We also offer support to help you design and bring to life activities and initiatives of your own!

ResLife and Wellness on Campus

At ALU we want to support your overall well being. We strive for all students to feel safe and cared for while on campus. At ALU, we encourage all our students to live in our fully equipped residences and provide support via our student Residential Advisers and larger ResLife team.

Our ResLife programme aims to support our students holistically to promote a diverse, dynamic, and communal environment in the residences. 

We also have a robust wellness program to help support you during your time at ALU. Whether you would like a one on one check in with a psychologist or with a peer counselor, or are looking for a support group for a specific concern, or if you just want to learn ways to enhance your well being, we are here for you. 

Meet the Team

Jeremy Ruiters

Director of Student Life – ALC Mauritius

Jeremy has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rhodes University in South Africa.  He is a qualified psychologist with over 7 years experience in the field of student wellness.  As the Director of Student Life, Jeremy oversees the various non-academic elements that contribute to the students holistic leadership journey.  He is passionate about student development and believes that self-care is key to becoming an effective leader. 

Sila Ogidi

Head of Student Life – ALU Rwanda

With a degree in English Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College and over 3 years of experience in teaching and leadership, Sila oversees the Student Life Department to ensure that students have a supportive and meaningful experience at ALU.

The ALU Rwanda Team

Kevin Rugamba
Community and Culture Lead

Kevin has a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has been working at ALU for the past four years. In this time, he has worked across a diverse range of functions, from student recruitment to teaching. In his current role, he oversees the programming of most community events and is very keen on the celebration of creative and cultural diversity at ALU.

Isaac Nkusi Z
Student Life Coach

Isaac has a BA in Psychology and certifications in training and digital money. He is an avid student of financial literacy and soft skills in general. As a coach in the Student Life Team, his role focuses on the upskilling of the student body particularly when working against tasks or within teams. This role also requires close collaboration with student wellness, buttressing psychoeducation with practical skills & tools that help learners apply what they learn from Student Life. Isaac is also a current MBA – Leadership student with ALUSB.

Tasha Amadi
Student Life Counselor

Tasha has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from United States International University – Africa and over 3 years experience providing psychosocial support to diverse groups of people. As a Student Life Counselor, she promotes psychological and emotional wellness in our community through counseling students and supporting other program offerings of the Student Life team.

Imboni Geraldine Zirimwabagabo
Student Wellness Manager

Imboni has an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Andrews University and over 4 years of experience in counseling prevention and intervention techniques. As Student Wellness Manager she supervises all wellness services to ensure that holistic wellness is promoted on our campus and students are supported throughout their ALU journey.

Annick La Reine Shimwa
Student Life Coordinator

Annick La Reine holds a BA (hons) in Business Management from the African Leadership College, in Mauritius. Her day-to-day work involves helping staff in need of study-interns and students in need of study-internships. Additionally, she responds to residential students’ emergencies, facilitates/creates fun activities and projects for both campus and residential students. Also, an ardent enthusiast of the arts; she spends her free time with artsy students with an interest in poetry, scriptwriting, and performing arts.

The ALC Mauritius Team

Osaretin Osadolor
Student Wellness Counselor

Osaretin has an MSc in Developmental Psychology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She believes that adolescents and young adults in Africa need to be listened to, and she is passionate about being available to them.

Her role as Student Wellness Counsellor includes managing peer counselors to be relatable with their community, thereby offering a safe space for people to let go of their emotional, academic and varied stressors.

Joshila Dhaby
Immigration Support Associate

Joshila holds an MBA with specialization in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management from the University of Technology, Mauritius.  Joshila has served as the Protocol Officer with the United States Government for 10 years and has 7 years of experience working with the Government of Mauritius.  As the Immigration Support Associate her mission is to facilitate international students’ admittance to ALC Mauritius, to advance the quality of immigration support processes, provide quality delivery of service, ultimately to enhance both the students’ experience and the relationship with regulators. 

Joshila ensures university compliance with applicable student immigration-related regulations while facilitating the legal entry and transition of international students.

Amayo Bassey
Student Affairs Lead

With a BSc in International Business and Accounting from Villanova University, Pennsylvania, Amayo has pivoted from her traditional business background to design and run the residential programme as well as create community experiences at the ALC campus.