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Rwanda to Offer Bursaries to East African Students

02 Feb 2012 | Rwanda | Source : AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Kigali — The Rwandan Government has announced it will provide scholarships to East African students who will be eligible to study at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), which is setting up campus in Rwanda to offer technology studies.

The prestigious university, ranked among the best engineering colleges in the world, has a partnership with the Rwandan Government to set up a campus in Kigali to offer professional development courses and master's degree in technology.

The courses in Kigali will be similar to the courses offered at the main campus in Pittsburgh, United States.

Rwandan students as well as other students from the member countries of the East African Community -Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, and Tanzania- will have equal chances to get a scholarship half funded by the Rwandan Government to pursue one of the courses at Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda (CMU-R).

The University information says that students eligible for a master's degree of Science and Information Technology (MSIT) will pay US$38,900 in the academic year 2012/2013.

Students interested in taking one of three professional courses will pay $1,575 each.

These short courses include introduction to strategic uses of digital information; building mobile services for emerging markets; and introduction to market planning.

According to Geoffrey Rugege, Executive Director for the National Council l of Higher Education Council in Rwanda, the Rwandan Government will provide half of tuition fees to the students who will be eligible to study in the Rwanda based University.

The students will be expected to raise the remaining half.

Mr. Rugege said that awarding of scholarships would be based on the criteria that will be established in partnership with the University but Rwandan students will have equal chances to the students from other EAC member states.

The university is set to begin MSIT program in August opening doors to at least 40 students while classes for the first professional development course-Introduction to Strategic uses of digital information- will begin January 31 until March 6.

The second course Building Mobile Services for emerging markets will begin on March 26 and end on March 30. The third course Introduction to market planning starts on April 19 and ends on May 24.

The Master's degree will be fulltime and this has discouraged prospective students who are currently working. They have fears to lose their jobs and fail to get others after completing the program. The University management says this criterion cannot be changed.

Rwanda's president Paul Kagame signed the partnership agreement with the University management in the US last year.

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