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Carnegie Mellon University-Rwanda Students Develop Agriculture Platform for Thomson Reuters

This summer, a group of three Master of Science in Information Technology students–Davy Uwizera, Samuel Nzaramba and Aline Umubyeyi Gasana–had a three-month internship with the TR Innovation Lab of Thomson Reuters, a leading financial services consultancy. The three worked on developing a data analytics pilot plan for Bankable Farmer in Rwanda, a project that will be implemented in five other African countries. Read more

Carnegie Mellon University-Rwanda Students Help Families in Bugesera Produce Renewable and Cheap Energy

Four MasterCard Foundation (MCF) scholars from Carnegie Mellon University-Rwanda travelled to the Bugesera District to participate in community work around biogas plant construction. Read more

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Join Fellow Students to Give Back to Local Communities

On Saturday, October 29th, CMU Rwanda students got into the community spirit and helped dig a drain for residents in Kimihurura, a neighborhood in Kigali. The drain will facilitate with the passage of rain water, especially during the current heavy rainy season. Read more

CMU-R researchers and students at the forefront of the Big Data Revolution

The devices that we use in our daily lives are constantly transmitting bits of information about where we are, what we are doing, and what we are purchasing. The main thrust of Big Data research in CMU-R is how to harness this fantastic resource to help us improve the way we live. Read more

Student Profile: Batanda Kayondo

At the time Batanda accepted the place in CMU-R, the only financial aid available to him was the 50% scholarship from the Government of Rwanda. Even with this help, the fees were not affordable to him Read More

CMU-R researchers and students at the forefront of the Big Data Revolution

With the open data policies and advances in technology, particularly the development of the Internet of things,we now live in a world overflowing with data. The devices that we use in our daily lives are constantly transmitting bits of information about where we are, what we are doing, and what we are purchasing. The main thrust of Big Data research in CMU-R is how to harness this fantastic resource to help us improve the way we live. Read More

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