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About Carnegie Mellon University Africa

CMU in Rwanda

With a century-long history that has hosted 19 Nobel Laureates, Carnegie Mellon University is renowned as one of the worlds leading engineering institutions. We have played critical roles on breakthroughs in areas such as artificial intelligence, driverless cars and WiFi.

Carnegie Mellon University recently extended its global reach into Africa with its Center of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology. Focused on one of the fastest growing economic regions of the world, the Center of Excellence is creating a new generation of graduates able to take advantage of Africa’s unique opportunities.

Based in Rwanda, the Center of Excellence benefits from the country’s bold ICT strategy and our own culture of innovation to provide a platform for students to become technology thought leaders in emerging markets. Masters’ degrees from Carnegie Mellon University are awarded in two comprehensive programmes, each taught by globally renowned faculty to the same rigorous standards as the main Pittsburgh campus.

The Master of Science in Information Technology provides students with critical skills, focusing on practical applications in areas such as cyber security, mobile applications, wireless networking and strategic business planning. In internships and practicums, students get the opportunity to develop real-world ICT solutions with international companies like IBM, Microsoft and Visa.

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering has a more technically focused curriculum, equipping students with skills in energy systems, mobile computing and telecommunications. 

Our programs provide a unique opportunity for students to gain a balanced international perspective with an option to spend semesters at Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses.

Carnegie Mellon’s academic programs extend across countries and continents. They are rooted in an academic philosophy that develops our students into the responsible global leaders.

Now in Africa, Carnegie Mellon is excited to be pioneering a culture of inspiring innovations that change the world.


About Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The university began as the Carnegie Technical Schools founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900. In 1912, the school became the Carnegie Institute of Technology and began granting four-year degrees. 

Carnegie Mellon is ranked 1st for graduate studies in computer science, a position consistently held in the past except in 2009. It is also 5th for graduate studies in engineering, 7th for graduate studies in fine arts, 7th for graduate studies in electrical engineering, 9th for graduate studies in public affairs, 16th for graduate studies in business, 19th for graduate studies in economics, 9th for graduate studies in statistics, and 21st for graduate studies in psychology in the 2014 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

The recognition of Carnegie Mellon as one of the best research facilities in the USA has a long history, as early as the 1987 Federal budget CMU was ranked as third in the amount of research dollars with $41.5 million with only MIT and Johns Hopkins receiving more research funds from the Department of Defense.

Carnegie Mellon has made a concerted effort to attract corporate research labs, offices, and partnerships to the Pittsburgh campus. Apple Inc., Intel, Google, Microsoft, Disney, IBM, General Motors, Bombardier Inc., Yahoo!, and the Rand Corporation have established a presence on or near campus.


About Rwanda


Rwanda is a sovereign state in central and east Africa. With an average GDP growth rate of 8.1% between 2001-2012, it has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. 

The Government of Rwanda has invested substantial resources and political capital in enable the country as an information technology hub. It has excellent 3G/LTE internet coverage, has the third largest deployment of One Laptop Per Child XO Laptops, has several accelerators and tech hubs, has a visa classification for ICT entrepreneurs and has codified it’s dedication to ICT in its Vision 2020, EDPRS II and Smart Africa Manifesto documents.

Named East Africa’s number one ICT nation by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Rwanda has benefited from ICT-based investments by lucrative international players such as Microsoft, Nokia, Visa and Terracom.

This enabling environment, when coupled with the low corruption and high quality of life that Rwanda offers, makes it a natural setting to experiment, research and build the the innovative ideas the Carnegie Mellon University is renowned for.

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