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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 Feasability

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

Request for Proposals: Video Production

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda is requesting proposals for producing two promotional videos to be used for general marketing purposes. CMU-R has been in existence now for two and a half years and would like to have additional video materials that reflect the current experience of students, faculty and staff at CMU-R and how it has evolved over the years. 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 Intake

As 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 Application

A 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 RWACOF

A 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 Network

In 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 Experience

A 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 Pittsburgh

Four 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 women

On 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 Success


The 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 University


DEC 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 Time


OCT 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 Countries


The 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 >>>

Policy-Based Radios for Spectrum Sharing


Policy-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 Innovation


OCT 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 Suresh


JULY 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 Meeting


JUNE 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

CMU-R Commemorates 19th Anniversary of the Genocide


The 19th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi themed "Striving for self-reliance” was observed at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda with a holiday and events between 7th to the 13th of April 2013.Read full announcement

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda will be interviewing in Nairobi on the 13th April 2013.

KIGALI, Rwanda — April 06, 2013 —Carnegie Mellon University, one of the top engineering universities in the world, is coming to Nairobi to recruit Kenya’s best and brightest minds. Carnegie Mellon University, in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, setup a branch location in Kigali in late 2011. Starting with a Master of Science in Information Technology degree, Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) is educating the next generation of innovators and leaders in East Africa’s growing technology sector. Read full announcement

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda will be holding information sessions in Kampala, 15th and 16th March 2013.

KIGALI, Rwanda — March 08, 2013 — CMU-R will be hosting information sessions and on-site interviews in Kampala on March 15th and 16th. The events will take place at the Africana Hotel on Wampewo Avenue and the Hive Co-Lab an open collaborative working space for the tech community of Uganda, located in Kanjokya. Professors will be conducting on-site interviews for the MSIT degree now open for August 2013 admission. The interviews will be considered as part of the application process. The MSIT degree from CMU-R is the same degree offered at its main U.S. campus in Pittsburgh, maintaining the same requirements for admission, graduation and faculty recruitment. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Opens Applications for 2013 Admission

KIGALI, January2013- Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) and is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. The MSIT degree from CMU-R is the same degree offered at its main U.S. campus in Pittsburgh, maintaining the same requirements for admission, graduation and faculty recruitment. Read more here.

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.

MSIT Student Publishes Article on Her Experience at CMU-R

Esther Kunda, an MSIT student, recently published an article on the commencement of CMU-R's master's program, its potential impact in the East African region, and the experience in being a part of the inaugural class at CMU-R. 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.

Carnegie Mellon to open new campus in 2015

A permanent home for Carnegie Mellon University-Rwanda (CMU-R) will be unveiled in 2015, according to the Minister of Education, Dr. Vincent Biruta. The $13 million campus to be funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), is set to be constructed at the Kigali Special Economic Zone in Nyandungu Sector, Kicukiro District. 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.

Carnegie Mellon University Announces the Launch of an Academic Program in Rwanda: CMU-R

We are pleased to announce the launch of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda, CMU-R. The program will offer a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree beginning in August 2012. Read more about this new partnership.

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.

CMU-R to Host Information Session at Serena Hotel on November 28

Please join us on Monday, November 28 for an information session. We will be sharing our vision for CMU-R and its potential impact in Africa, our master's degree and professional development courses.

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: