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CMU in Rwanda Celebrates with the Class of 2015

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Celebrates with the Class of 2015

PITTSBURGH—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.

Dean of the College of Engineering James Garrett told graduates  “This is a fascinating and exciting time to be in Africa because of the opportunities that are unfolding around you”. Dean Garrett continued, “I’m excited about the future of Africa. I’m excited about our role in educating the new generation of African leaders…and your role in delivering this exciting future”. 

Student Speaker Lynn Kirabo from Uganda, offered guests a moving insight into the experience of the graduates and their families during their studies. She thanked families, friends and all those who helped out the Class of 2015 financially, and particularly the sponsors who allowed her to complete her studies: the Government of Rwanda and UN Women.

The graduation underscores Carnegie Mellon University and the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to educating engineers and entrepreneurs who are striving to make an economic impact in Africa. All of our alumni from the Class of 2014 now have technical careers in East Africa and continue to play a part in ushering the region’s economic and social growth into the future. More than 70% of the Class of 2015 has secured employment while other students are set to join fellow alum in creating startup ventures.

At CMU, African students remain steeped in the region’s rapidly evolving technical and business networks. Beyond the advantage of staying local in terms of professional development, studies in Rwanda enhance our students learning experience. Our top students are funded to study for a semester in Pittsburgh and our alumni highlight the communal study experience in Kigali as a major advantage for their learning, as compared with equivalent studies in the USA. 

Carnegie Mellon University opened a campus in Kigali in 2012 with a mission to transform graduate education in Africa, becoming the first top ranked U.S. university to offer a master’s degree program taught by full-time faculty resident in Africa. In Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University offers two graduate degree programmes: M.S. in Information Technology and the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The programme currently 8 faculty members and research areas include energy systems, big data and mobile networks.  


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