Carnegie Mellon University to invest in East Africa ICT sector
23 March 2012
Africa Review - March 21, 2012
A university based in the United States, which has just established a regional centre in Rwanda, will largely aim to spearhead the development of science and technology in East Africa.
The Carnegie Mellon University will also offer a 50 per cent discount on scholarships to prospective students from the East African Community (EAC) partner states, the regional body’s Arusha-based secretariat announced yesterday.
“Research and development in technology is now a global enterprise and Carnegie Mellon realised that education also needed to be a global enterprise to meet the demands of highly skilled engineers and innovators,” said Prof Bruce H. Krogh, the university’s director in Rwanda.
Prof Krogh cited ICT where EAC has an internet broadband access with the most extensive inland fibre-optic connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa.
“For the case of Rwanda, there is a business-friendly, pro-ICT development programme (Vision 2020) under which nation-wide fibre optic cable will be installed throughout the country,” he said.