The Head of ICT at Rwanda
Development Board (RDB), Patrick Nyirishema, has said that the
establishment of a Carnegie Mellon University campus in Rwanda is a
big boost to the development of ICT in the country.
In an interview with The
New Times, he said that the introduction of the campus that will
focus on ICT courses is a very exciting development.
“The particular engagement we have
with the university is focused on ICT although it is a fully fledged
institution with many other disciplines back in the USA”, he said.
Carnegie Mellon, a top US
varsity, will establish and operate an academic program in Kigali,
initially offering a Master of Science in ICT program, starting from
With a history of
excellence in higher education and as a global leader in
technological innovation, Carnegie Mellon is the first U.S research
institution offering degrees in Africa with an in-country presence.
Nyirishima pointed out
that the whole vision is to bring in a world class type of a
university to fast track the process of scaling up the standard of
ICT education in the country.
“It will help us in achieving the
vision President Paul Kagame has set of making Rwanda an ICT hub in
the region”, he said.
He asserted that the
institution will bring in a very high level of expertise in some of
the priority areas within the ICT sector which will contribute
towards making Rwanda an investment destination for big international
While the new
Carnegie Mellon Rwanda program is open to students worldwide, the
program will primarily target students from the East African
Community with preference given to Rwandan citizens.
(Source: The New Times -