PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University will operate the first full-fledged branch campus in Africa next year. The University is receiving $95 million over ten years from the Rwandan government.
Forty students will enroll initially and only master’s degrees in informational technology and electrical and computer engineering will be offered. There will be no undergraduate degree programs.
Students from East Africa will be recruited with a preference to Rwandan citizens for whom the government will pay tuition and related costs.
To ensure rigor similar to that of the Pittsburgh-based University, professors will spend time in the US learning about the curriculum and teaching style.
An executive-training program and a business-incubator will help students start their own businesses. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carnegie Mellon believes that fostering entrepreneurship will affect positively the country’s education and its private sector transforming the nation after its devastating genocide.
Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio