Vampire Drones: CEO Keller Rinaudo details Rwanda’s UAV solution for last mile blood supply
Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline Inc, delighted students and faculty at CMU-R with a wide-ranging discussion about the solution that his company is providing the Government of Rwanda to enable delivery of blood throughout the country via Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Read More
Alumnus Diogene Niyigena helps rural clinics reduce the cost of solar power
As part of CMU Rwanda’s ongoing research into business and operational models for renewable energy microgrids in Africa, graduate Diogene travelled to Japan in October 2015. Presenting at the MICROGEN conference on microgeneration and related technologies. Read More
Student Profile: Stephen Odara, From Food Science in Uganda to Smart Farms in India
Ugandan student Stephen Odara loves tackling difficult issues. He taught himself programming while working as a researcher in Makerere and now is part of a team of reseachers in CMU-R tackling Energy Poverty. He presented his first paper at a conference in India this summer. Read More
SMART Africa Launches Fund to Develop Tech Leaders: CMU-R 1st Beneficiary
During the Transform Africa Summit, which hosted over 2500 delegates from 81 countries, the SMART Africa Scholarship Fund was officially launched to support African students pursuing degrees and certifications at recognized centers of excellence throughout Africa that focus on information communication and technology. Read More
Tech Company founded by Alum keeps the Transform Africa Summit moving!
AirClerk was co founded by CMU Alumna Ester Kunda (MSIT, Class of 2014) and Patrick Buchana to bring cashless transport technology to Rwanda. Following the successful deployment of AirClerk technology for Kigali Bus Service, AirClerk are keeping Transform Africa’s delegates moving during the summit. Read More
Fred Swaniker lecture on leadership, entrepreneurship and his newest venture
African Leadership Group founder held a Distinguished Lecture and Q&A session with our students on Thursday 3rd September. He spoke about the need for leadership developement in Africa, and entrepreneurship as the path to job creation for the continent. Swaniker also outlined his plans for expanding the African Leadership University, with Rwanda among the possible future campus locations. Read More
Alumna Merab Twahirwa speaks about being a YALI Fellow
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) alumna Merab Twahirwa was selected from among 850 applicants in Rwanda to take part in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) this summer in the U.S. She spoke to us about the program and what she learned during her six weeks abroad. Read More
Scholarship fund benefits from MasterCard Foundation's Director's Grant
CMU Rwanda's Innovation Forward Fellowship Fund (IFFF) was established to allow qualified African students in financial need to access our Masters programs. The IFFF has recently received a gift from MasterCard Foundation through its Director's Grant, from Board Member Jendayi Frazer. Read More
CMU-R hosts Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Event
CMU Rwanda organized and hosted an event on 22 June, on the morning of our second graduation ceremony. Included in the week’s activities at the request of our graduation Keynote speaker Sandra Johnson, the event served as an overview of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Rwanda for our overseas visitors. Read More
MarieClaire Murekatete [Class of 2014] tests her limts
Upon graduating with her Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering and IT from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in 2010, Marie Claire was already clear on her future path. Her aim was to gain professional experience in software development before finding a world-renowned university for her Masters studies. Read More
CMU in Rwanda Celebrates with the Class of 2015
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda is proud to announce that its second class in Africa graduated on 22 June, 2015. The ceremony, which took place at the Kigali Serena Hotel, attracted high-level faculty and administrative staff from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, as well as friends and family of the Class of 2015. Read More
Alain Shema [Class of 2014] and his leap of faith in CMU-R
Alain Shema, who was part of the first ever CMUR graduating Class of 2014 took time out, before his upcoming departure to the USA for his doctoral program, to tell us about the role CMUR played in his professional development. Read More
Student presents at SATURN Conference and finds passion for software architecture
The SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) is a professional network of software, systems, and enterprise architects from around the world, representing industry, academia, and government. The SATURN software architecture conference 2015 was held in Baltimore, Maryland April 27-April 30, 2015. Gloria Ingabire's presented her report on Open Medical Records System.Read More
Class of 2016 start their summer internships
The CMU-Rwanda building is very quiet this week, as the students Class of 2016 have left campus to sample real world learning during their summer internships. Read More
Timothy Kaboya at the Creativity World Forum
The Creativity World Forum is one of the largest creativity and innovation conferences in the world. More than 1,500 visitors from 11 countries and 25 states gathered in Oklahoma City to participate in this year’s forum including MSIT student Timothy Kaboya. Read More
President of AIMS speaks at CMU-R
Fresh from his visit with His Excellency President Paul Kagame, Thierry Zomahoun, President of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences spoke last week at CMU in Kigali during an event we hosted with Kigali Shapers on the topic of “STEM Education: STEM education: Key to an emerging Africa”. Read more
ECE Students Present at IEEE Conference in Tunisia
While only in their first semester of studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R), Jean Pierre Murenzi and Paul Buchana each had a paper accepted at this year’s IEEE International Renewable Energy Congress (IREC 2015) held in March in Sousse, Tunisia. With many assignments to complete and semester exams just around the corner, attending the four-day congress was a serious commitment for these students. Read more
College of Engineering Hosts Showcase Rwanda
CMU-R Director Bruce Krogh presented to Pittsburgh staff and faculty during Showcase Rwanda. The event was designed to inform key people at the College of Engineering of our mission in Africa and on how the branch in Rwanda contributes to CMU’s vision to be a global thought leader and how we impact this fast growing region. CMU-R student, Lynn Kirabo, also share her experience in Rwanda and her project NituShoma also known as the "African Kindle." Read more
Carnegie Mellon University Launches Fund to Accelerate Engineering Education in Africa
The Innovators Forward Fellowship Fund accelerates Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda’s capacity to educate and empower students for Africa’s emerging technology economy. Read more
CMU in Rwanda Students Win First Place at Kigali Infographic Competition
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda would like to congratulate students John Mutakubwa (MSIT 2016), Chris Njuguna (MSIT 2016) and Lynn Kirabo (MSIT 2015) for winning 1st place in the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda’s Annual Infographic Competition. Read more
Announcing "So You Think You Can Program: The Search For Rwanda's Best Programmer"
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda in collaboration with Proxor, a Carnegie Mellon University Spinoff, is excited to announce "So You Think You Can Program: The Search For Rwanda's Best Programmer" to take place this December 13th. Read more
Good News From the New 2015 Application Admission Campaign
Michel Bezy, the Associate Director of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda and the Head of the Admissions Committee, announces the commencement of the 2015 application admission campaign. Read more
CMU in Rwanda Featured on CNBC Africa
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda was recently featured on a CNBC Africa segment entitled "Role of ICT in Boosting Rwanda's Labour Market." In the segment are interviews with Hon Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda's Minister of ICT and Youth, Jim Garrett, Dean of CMU's College of Engineering and Jelena Kovačević, Department Head of CMU's ECE. Read more
Visit Us In Atlanta This September 20 at Rwanda Day
Carnegie Mellon University will be attending this years Rwanda Day in Atlanta, Georgia on the 20th of September. This is a great opportunity for diaspora members and international Rwandan students to engage with the exciting work that CMU in Rwanda is a part of. Read more
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Graduate Presents Paper at Global Conference
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda’s recent graduate Vanessa Umutoni presented last week a research paper along with her adviser Suzana Brown, CMU scholar in residence, at the Global Conference on Health Care System Engineering in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more
CMU in Rwanda Celebrates First Graduation
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda is proud to announce that its first class in Africa graduated on 24 July, 2014. The ceremony, which took place at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT). Read more
Increasing Microgrid Feasibility
A new economic model for rural microgrid implementation is being explored as Carnegie Mellon University graduate student Nathan Williams conducts his doctoral research at CMU’s Kigali campus on enabling the financial feasibility of microgrids in rural Africa. Read more
The Journey of Lynn Kirabo
Lynn Kirabo, a second year MSIT student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Rwandan based Center of Excellence, knew she wanted to be involved in ICT when she was just six years old, when her primary school teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Excitedly, she went to her father to ask him what people are called who work with computers and for years when people asked her what she wanted to do in the future, she shared with him her father’s answer: be a computer wizard. Read more
A Future of Milk Can Antennas
Staring from a balcony at Kigali’s IT hub kLab, Bonaventure Karibo thoughtfully points at a series of antennas perched on the roof of a nearby building and says, “You see that antenna? That should cost just five dollars.” Read more
CMU-R Students Create Real Time IT Solutions
During the third and fourth semesters of the Masters of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program, teams of student from Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) apply what they have learned to a real-world problem defined by an industry sponsor. This part of their program is known as the practicum.Read more
Laboratory Ready for 2014 MSECE IntakeAs part of the preparation for the upcoming Master of Sciences in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) program, Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) has recently set up a new computer and electrical laboratory on campus.Read more
CMU-R Students Create Context-Aware Mobile ApplicationA practicum project with Ricoh Innovations Corporation involved CMU-R students creating an android mobile application that enables patients to gain vital information about the medicine they are purchasing.Read more
CMU-R Students Develop Reporting System for RWACOFA group of CMU-R students have worked together to support RWACOF Exports Ltd, a Rwandan coffee exporter and processor, to develop an efficient and effective reporting system as part of their practicum last term.Read more
CMU-R Students Optimize and Redesign the BNR Communications NetworkIn a recent practicum, a team of CMU-R students helped to reshape and optimize the communication technology network infrastructure of the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR).Read more
CMU-R Students Gain Marketing ExperienceA team of CMU-R students have worked to support the development of an advanced research and marketing system for VitalMeeting as part of their recent practicum.Read more
CMU-R Students spending a semester in PittsburghFour Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) students are spending the spring semester at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, USA as part of their Masters in Science in Information Technology (MSIT). Read more
Fusing technology with efforts to empower womenOn Wednesday 5th February 2014, 30 mentors from TechWomen visited Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R). The mentors were at CMU-R to collaborate, connect and pair emerging African women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with mentors from the Greater Silicon Valley area. Read more
Strategies for Professional and Personal SuccessThe Same Sky founder, Francine LeFrak, led a delegation of 12 women leaders and entrepreneurs to visit Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) on Tuesday 21st January 2014. Read More
Inaugural Career Fair at Carnegie Mellon UniversityDEC 2013: At Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda’s (CMU-R) we hosted our Inaugural Career Fair, at our premises on the 4th floor of Telecom House from 8AM to 12PM, Saturday, December 14, 2013. We are excited to provide this opportunity for potential employers to meet the students in our Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program who are exploring career opportunities in all areas of ICT, including telecommunications, computer and wireless networks, cyber security, mobile technology, software engineering and business applications. Read More
Transforming Africa into a Digital Economy, One Step at a TimeOCT 2013: Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R), a key partner of the Transform Africa Summit, was a direct outcome of the 2007 Summit addressing the goal to build critical capacity in the ICT sector through the establishment of ICT Centers of Excellence across Africa. Rwanda spearheaded this initiative by engaging Carnegie Mellon as strategic partner. In August 2012, CMU-R launched its master’s degree program in information technology, and will start offering a master’s in electrical and computer engineering in August 2014. READ MORE >>>
Value of Mobile Monitoring for Diabetes in Developing CountriesThe medical profession has postulated that patients could benefit from a system providing continuous glucose readings and that the predicted explosion of diabetes in the developing parts of the world could be averted using mobile health solutions. In remote areas where healthcare workers are scarce and patients have high travel cost it might be the only way to monitor the condition. READ MORE >>>
CMU-R Research: Policy-Based Radios for Spectrum SharingPolicy-based radios are a flexible technology that supports different spectrum sharing models to enable access to more spectrum. Fallow and underutilized spectrum can be used through time-limited policies so that a spectrum manager can manage when, where and how spectrum can be accessed. READ MORE >>>
Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Affordable Biomedical Platform Technology, the European ICT Poles of Excellence and the Other faces of InnovationOCT 2013: Consistent with CMU tradition, we regularly host a distinguished lecture series at CMU-R. Over the past few months, we've had an impressive line-up of speakers from Prof Fernando Quevedo; Director, International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge, UK, on the Large Hadron Collider to Dr. Philip L. Miller from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University on the Software Developer Certification, to name a few. These lectures are open to the public, allowing the greater community to engage with some of the world's leading experts in the fields of technology and engineering. READ MORE >>>
Meet the President: Dr. Subra SureshJULY 2013 On July 1, 2013, Dr. Subra Suresh began his tenure as Carnegie Mellon University's ninth president. "I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead Carnegie Mellon University," Dr. Suresh said during a campus visit in April.Read More
CMU-R's Joint Advisory Board Holds Inaugural MeetingJUNE 2013: With the anniversary of a year of operation, The Ministry of Education Rwanda and Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) inaugurated CMU-R Joint Advisory Board meeting. The event was hosted at Kigali Serena Hotel on Monday 10th June 2013 and started with a dinner reception to welcome all board members and provide an opportunity for them to interact with other key stakeholders relevant to CMU-R's mission.Read full announcement
Distinguished Lecture Series featuring IBM Research and NASA.Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) has been and will continually host and holding distinguished lectures. These lectures are presented by speakers from different fields of technology around the world. They are open to the public and are a way of sharing and receiving knowledge from some of the worlds top science and technology experts.Read full announcement
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Receives Grant from Ricoh Innovations for eHealth Research
KIGALI, Rwanda and MENLO PARK, California. — February 12, 2013 — Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda has been awarded a grant from Ricoh Innovations Inc, to advance research on information and communication technology for healthcare in developing countries. RII is a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd, the leading provider of digital office solutions, and develops innovative technologies and new business opportunities for Ricoh. CMU-R is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and the Government of Rwanda to build ICT capacity in Rwanda and throughout East Africa through graduate education and research.Read full annoucement
Rwanda offers major scholarship to technology students from across East African Community (EAC)
KIGALI, February 2013- The Government of Rwanda (GOR) has invited future technology leaders from across East Africa to take advantage of the world-class education offered at the Kigali campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda by extending a 50% scholarship to all successful applicants from the EAC region. Read full announcement
Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Names NSF Director as its Ninth President
PITTSBURGH, February2013-Carnegie Mellon University named Dr. Subra Suresh as its new president, succeeding Dr. Jared L. Cohon, who is stepping down from the position after 16 years. Dr. Suresh will assume the post of CMU president on July 1. Dr. Suresh is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a $7-billion independent government science agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science, engineering research and education.Read full announcement
Microsoft’s Africa chief speaks at CMU-Rwanda
KIGALI, January2013- “On 17 January, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Office for Africa Initiatives, Ivan Lumala, spoke with MSIT students. Mr. Lumala’s talk focused on Microsoft's initiatives in Africa as well as creating a software ecosystem in Africa. Mr. Lumala is charged with defining and executing on a strategy to catalyze a vibrant, and sustainably profitable community of African Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Read full announcement
James H. Garret Jr. Named Dean of College of Engineering Carnegie Mellon University
PITTSBURGH, January2013—Carnegie Mellon University has named James H. Garrett Jr., the Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, dean of the College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Pradeep K. Khosla, who left in August to become chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.Read full announcement
INI Establishes Fellowship in Memory of Rwandan Alumnus
KIGALI, December2012- Carnegie Mellon University recently lost a strong member of the alumni community. Innocent Habiyaremye, born April 30, 1980, passed away suddenly from a pulmonary embolism on June 20, 2012. Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to say that the Innocent Habiyaremye Fellowship is being created and will be awarded at the INI diploma ceremony to a student who embodies a sense of community spirit in his or her everyday actions. Read more here.
allAfrica Features Carnegie Mellon in Rwanda Outreach Program
An article in allAfrica discusses the Carnegie Mellon in Rwanda community service program that teaches children in Africa how to use a computer. The children are taught how to type and how to use certain software. Michael Bézy, Associate Director of Carnegie Mellon in Rwanda and professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, discusses how this program builds on the One Laptop Per Child initiative by teaching students how to use these laptops.
Media Focuses on the Start of Classes at CMU-R
Two recent articles in allAfrica have focused on the inaugural start of classes at the Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda campus. Both articles mentioned that the class has twenty six students who will work towards a Master of Science in Information Technology. Read the article "Rwanda: Carnegie Mellon University Officially Launches in the Country." Read the article "Rwanda: Carnegie Mellon University Presents New Dawn for Higher Education."
CMUSV Assistant Professor To Help Launch Campus in Rwanda
Hedda R. Schmidtke spent her summer as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (CMUSV) to prepare for a full-time faculty position in Information and Communications Technology at CMU-R. CMUSV sat down with Dr. Schmidtke as she reflected on her experience here and looks forward to her role at CMU-R. Read the article.
CMU-R Discussed in The Independent
A recent article in The Independent about Rwanda's dedication to education discusses the new CMU campus in Rwanda. Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of CMU's College of Engineering, is quoted. Read the article.
Rwandan Government Announces 50% Scholarships for East Africans
The Government of Rwanda is pleased to announce that students from countries in the East African Community will be eligible for scholarships at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda. Read more about these scholarships.
East African Countries Express Support for CMU-R
allAfrica recently wrote an article discussing how many countries in East Africa, including Burundi, Kenya, and Uganda, are trying to interest their citizens in attending CMU-R. Read the article in allAfrica.
The New York Times Features CMU-R
The New York Times recently spoke about CMU's new campus in Rwanda. The article explains how CMU is among the first Western-backed, secular universities in Africa, and how the campus benefits many students in Africa by offering them a CMU degree while allowing them to continue living with their families and to remain at their jobs. Read the article.
Voice of America Covers CMU-R Launch
CMU-R Director Bruce Krogh discusses the new Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda campus. Read the article.
CMU-R Hosts ICT Bootcamp
CMU-R's Associate Director hosted an event called ICT Bootcamp at CMU-R's office on Nov 25th. This event was part of RwandaWeek 2011. Rwandaweek is focused on the entrepreneurship initiatives of the Rwandan Diaspora and the partners that support and encourage the economic development of Rwanda. See more about the ICT Bootcamp and RwandaWeek.
New Times Interviews CMU-R's Director
Fred Oluoch-Ojiwah of The New Times spoke to CMU-R's Director, Bruce H. Krogh, about the institution’s broad objectives and potential impact. Read more about this interview.
Associate Director Gives Seminar in Tunisia
On November 10th, Professor Michel Bézy traveled to Tunisia to give a seminar at the African Development Bank headquarters. This seminar was held on the occasion of UN World Science Day and to celebrate the recently signed partnership between the African Development Bank, the Government of Rwanda and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Professor Bezy’s seminar focused on the experience of CMU's first graduate degree program in Africa. See the event poster [pdf.].
Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Visits Campus to Announce Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda
Carnegie Mellon celebrated its new partnership with Rwanda on Friday, Sept. 16, when Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon welcomed Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda, and other Rwandan officials to the Pittsburgh campus. Read more about President Kagame's visit, as well as see video and photos from the event.
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Partnership Featured in the News
Read press coverage of the partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and the government of Rwanda to create CMU-R:
- "Rwanda, U.S. University Team Up to Mint Masters of Tech," The Wall Street Journal
- "Carnegie Mellon U. to Open Campus in Rwanda, a Milestone for Africa," The Chronicle of Higher Education
- "Africa's Rising Star," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- "CMU's New Campus in Rwanda, Aims to Expand ICT Knowledge, Worker Skills Across Africa," Innovation Africa
- "Carnegie Mellon to open branch campus in Rwanda," Businessweek