About Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R)
In October 2007, the Connect Africa Summit recommended the establishment of five Centers of Excellence (CoE) in each sub-region of Africa.These CoE would support the development of a critical mass of science and technology skills required for the development of Africa. Rwanda is spearheading the initiative for the East Africa Community (EAC) with the opening of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) CoE in Kigali.
In order to fulfill this ambitious goal, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) strategically targeted Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to establish and operate a master's degree-granting program in Rwanda because of CMU's strong culture of research and innovation. Collaborating with Rwanda has been an exceptional opportunity for CMU to launch an initiative with a partner that shares the university's desire to create innovative programs that have the potential to have a profound and lasting impact.
The reputation of CMU and the quality of education that is delivered at CMU-R is unique in the region and attracts the best students from the world to come to study in Rwanda. We expect major information technology (IT) companies to partner with CMU-R and provide job opportunities for its students to collaborate with their best employees. With this critical mass of expert skills, Rwanda is on its way to becoming a leader in developing the breakthrough ICT solutions needed for the future of Africa.
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