Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information about Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R).
Where will CMU-R's campus be located once it is built?
The new campus will be in the Bumbogo neighborhood near the new Free Trade Zone and will be integrated in the future Technopole (or ICT Park).
Who is paying for the construction of the new campus?
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is providing funds for the development and the building of the campus for the ICT Centre of Excellence, which will include the CMU-R program.
How does this compare with other similar projects in Africa?
There is currently no other similar project in Africa. CMU-R is defining a new model for higher education in Africa.
- CMU is the first top-ranked US research institution with a global strategy offering degrees in Africa with an in-country presence. CMU-R's faculty members reside in Rwanda and are immersed in the region through their contacts with local businesses and industries, allowing them to acquire a better understanding of Africa's environment to apply their teaching and research to solving local problems.
- CMU-R adheres to the same quality standards used for education at CMU's main campus in the United States without any compromise and delivers a full CMU degree.
- CMU-R's programs are integrally linked with the economic development of Rwanda and the region through additional business components like the Innovation Incubator.
Why is CMU-R offering only graduate degrees?
The Government of Rwanda (GoR) approached CMU specifically to offer a graduate program. CMU-R is admittedly focusing on only one portion of the significant educational needs in Rwanda and East Africa. CMU-R is addressing the need for highly-trained individuals to be leaders and innovators in the emerging information and communication technology (ICT) industry. CMU-R's objective is to graduate students ready for the business world to support the economic development of the region. That need requires graduate-level education.
We believe CMU can play an important and distinct role in addressing this particular need, while other initiatives are addressing education and skills shortages at other levels. In addition to offering our master's degree programs, CMU is working with the Government of Rwanda to develop programs in practical training and executive education, and we anticipate that our students and faculty will be involved in educational initiatives at all levels.
Does CMU-R offer degrees other than the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) and the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)?
How does the education at CMU-R compare with the education on CMU's main campus?
CMU-R adheres to the same standards used at CMU'S main campus, which have given CMU a repuatation as a global thought leader with excellence in education and research. Course credits earned at CMU-R are fully transferable to CMU's main campus and vice-versa. The same academic faculty recruitment criteria used on the main campus applies to the faculty recruited for CMU-R. Academics recruited by Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda spend two semesters at CMU's main campus prior to coming to CMU-R to ensure that they transfer the CMU DNA to the new university in Rwanda. CMU-R delivers programs that are built upon a foundation of problem-solving based learning and interdisciplinary education similar to those delivered at CMU's main campus. While many of the courses are the same, their content is adapted to solving regional problems and addressing local culture and needs.
In what language are classes conducted?
Instruction at CMU-R is conducted in English.
How many students are enrolled in the program?
CMU-R's objective is to enroll approximately 40 incoming students in the initial class in 2012, and grow to approximately 150 incoming students by 2017.
Why should students apply to CMU-R rather than to CMU in Pittsburgh?
CMU-R delivers the same quality of education and the same degree certificate as the main campus. However, while delivering a similar curriculum, CMU-R adapts its curriculum to regional problems and needs. As a consequence, students graduating from CMU-R acquire ICT expertise that is more directly relevant to emerging markets, making it easier for them to directly contribute to the local economy.
Students at CMU-R do not have to pay for travel to the United States or for the high living cost of an expensive area.
In addition, CMU-R students may benefit from scholarships and financial aid that are not available in the United States.
CMU-R collaborates with the Government of Rwanda for the development of an Innovation Incubator to help students graduating from CMU-R interested in starting their own business. In addition, CMU-R's campus life provides students with opportunities, activities, and services that enhance the student learning experience. The campus integration with the Rwandan Techonopole offers students networking opportunities with ICT professionals from the region. CMU-R students are required to perform an internship in regional enterprises, which should help them find employment after their graduation.
Are there opportunities for students to study in the United States?
We expect our best students to spend a semester at our main campus in Pittsburgh to take courses not available in Kigali. Course credits earned at CMU's main campus are fully transferable to CMU-R.
Are you collaborating with other universities?
We collaborate with other universities to promote our master's programs to their graduating students. We also share information about our programs with their academic authorities to coordinate our ICT curriculum with theirs, which ensure the development of a complete and complementary set of ICT skills in the country.
The cost of tuition is high compared with other universities in Africa. Why?
CMU-R is delivering the same quality of education in Kigali as it does on its main campus. Students obtain exactly the same CMU master's diploma. Therefore, the cost of tuition should not be compared with the cost at other universities in Africa, but rather with the tuition of other highly ranked universities in the U.S.
Each year, over 200,000 young Africans leave the continent in search of higher quality education in the Western world. These are often the best students from Africa, and they obtain scholarships from their governments and other organizations to support their studies. Now, they can stay in Africa and obtain that same support and quality of education at CMU-R.