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Rwandan Govt announces 50% scholarship for East Africans

The Government of Rwanda is pleased to announce that students from countries in the East African Community will be eligible for scholarships for the programmes of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda.

The two initial programmes offered are Professional Development short courses from February 2012 and the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) from August 2012. Scholarships will amount to 50% of the global tuition fee for the MSIT and to 50% of the enrolment fee for the Professional Development courses.

The tuition fees charged globally by Carnegie Mellon University for the academic year 2012 / 2013 are estimated at 38,900 USD. This rate will be confirmed in March 2012. Based on this estimation the scholarship means that qualifying students would pay 19,450 USD per annum.

The scholarships will be offered to students upon fulfillment of the academic requirements and acceptance to the CMU Rwanda programmes and completion of an evaluation form for the assessment of the student’s financial needs by the Ministry of Education. For Rwandan students there are also loans offered by the Rwanda Education Board in addition to the scholarship.

The CMU-Rwanda education programmes are offered by the School of Engineering of CMU which is ranked 6th in graduate engineering education by the 2011 U.S. News and World Report. CMU is the 1st top ranked U.S. research institution to offer graduate degrees in Africa with an in-country presence and resident faculty.

Hon. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Education of Rwanda said: “Rwanda is proud to host Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Regional ICT Center of Excellence in Rwanda that was announced by H.E. Paul Kagame at CMU in Pittsburgh last year. These scholarships will give students from the region the opportunity to enroll in master’s programmes from one of the best universities in the world right here in Rwanda. They will learn from CMU’s renowned faculty about solving problems for our country and this region.”

Bruce Krogh, Director of CMU-Rwanda said: “We are very pleased that the Government of Rwanda is offering these scholarships to support students from Rwanda and the region where we want to make an impact.”

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