As part of her quest to move from an agricultural-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, Rwanda has welcome Carnegie Mellon University to establish an annex in the country to boost the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The university which will operate in Kigali will offer a Master of Science programme. It will focus on research incubators, training for executives and a mobile research center plans to expand to electrical and computer engineering in the next few years.
Carnegie Mellon is the first U.S research-based institution in Africa to offer an in-country presence. It established the annex with the belief that Africa can become an information based economy.
The university will be fully funded by the Rwanda government while the Dean of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, Pradeep Khosla, stated that ‘the university name,reputation,pedagogy and faculty- is their contribution.
Rwanda has been developing this scheme for the past three year to expand Information Technology within the economy by 2020 and to create more opportunities for higher education in relevant feilds.
The campus has prepared for approximately 40 students in its first semester.