In a bid to support Rwanda’s vision of becoming East Africa’s technology hub, Carnegie Mellon University is offering 50 per cent reduction on fees to enable Rwandan students join in big numbers.
The aim is to enable Rwandan and students from other African countries who desire to study at Carnegie Mellon University achieve their goals.
Students pay 40000 dollars but the government pays 50 percent for the students selected to attend Carnegie Mellon and remaining 50 per cent as student loans.
Jared Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University commended friendship between Rwanda and Carnegie Mellon University saying it’s the reason Rwandan students will be paying reduced fees.
“We still need a big number of Rwandan students at Carnegie Mellon. President Paul Kagame assured us of cooperation towards contributing to the quality of education in Rwanda,” said Cohon.
Carnegie Mellon University opened a branch in Rwanda in 2012 and 43 students so far have graduated with masters in ICT and research.
Olivier Rwamukwaya, Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education revealed that Carnegie Mellon graduates have obtained jobs and others created jobs basing on what they studied.
In 2020 vision, Rwanda plans to distribute high speed broadband services based on 4G LTE technology by 98 per cent in 2017.
This comes after Rwanda signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Telecom to deploy 300 metres high-speed internet.
Jared Cohon and CMU administrators held talks with President Paul Kagame on 23rd June 2015.