The environment sub-programme started under NUR/UR-Sweden program in 2003. It figures among the few programmes that were supported from the first phase. Due to the complexity and interdisciplinary character of the area of environment, the PhD candidates have been recruited from various disciplines at former NUR and admitted at both social and natural science departments at the University of Gothenburg.
The objective of the sub-programme has always been to perform high quality PhD training in order to increase the capacity and quality of teaching and research within the multidisciplinary field of environmental sciences at various departments at the University of Rwanda. The sub-programme also had the objective to create a conducive academic environment for the graduated PhD students.