BrandArena: Kenyan Versity joins MasterCard Foundation to educate next generation of African tech leader

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Kenyan Versity joins MasterCard Foundation to educate next generation of African tech leader

Carnegie Mellon University's commitment to educating Africa's next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs received a boost today with a $10.8 million commitment from The MasterCard Foundation.

This new partnership, which will be established at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering program in Kigali, Rwanda, will benefit 125 academically talented but economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa as part of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
Front left to right: James Garrett, Jr., Carnegie Mellon University, Dean of Engineering; Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon University; President Hon. Papias Musafiri Malimba, Government of Rwanda, Minister of Education and Jendayi Frazer, The MasterCard Foundation, Board of Directors.
Carnegie Mellon University will join a global network of 23 Scholars Program partners, comprising educational institutions that are committed to developing Africa's young leaders. These Scholars will go on to use their knowledge and skills to lead change in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent.

Since 2011, Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda has contributed to enhancing the quality of the engineering workforce in Africa. This effort has addressed the critical shortage of information and communication technology (ICT) skills required for Africa to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution where physical, cyber and biological systems converge through information, computing and communication technologies to transform the lives and livelihoods of citizens around the world in unprecedented ways.

"We are excited to partner with Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda, an exceptional institution committed to training the next generation of African engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs to meet pressing global challenges," said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. "Investment in STEM education is pivotal to Africa's future and will ensure that African nations have the opportunity to identify, develop and deploy their wealth of talent."

By offering globally recognized degree programs in ICT to 125 students from lower-income families in Africa, Carnegie Mellon will have impact in three ways: first, this Program will dramatically expand future career options for each of the Scholars; second, it will be an essential educational and research resource underpinning growth and development of the technology sector in Africa; and third, alumni and faculty will benefit from Carnegie Mellon's resources for supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda will attract a diverse mix of Scholars from Rwanda and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, with a priority on increasing the enrollment of women.

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