The First Graduates of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda

The Fence painted by Rwanda students_April 17 2014The Carnegie Mellon University campus in Rwanda has graduated its first students. On July 24, 22 students at the Rwanda campus received master’s degrees in information technology. Four of the students in the class got to complete their degree programs at the Carnegie Mellon main campus in Pittsburgh. These four students participate in the Carnegie Mellon tradition of “painting the fence.” (See photo.)

Michel Bezy, associate director of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda and a distinguished 
service professor of engineering and 
public policy, stated, “We feel very good about the quality of the education we deliver at CMU in Rwanda. Our students get the opportunity to apply what they learn inside local companies, analyzing their markets and providing advice on strategic use of digital information in enterprises. Then, they do an internship at a local company in Africa. And finally, they work together in teams of three or four and solve a practicum submitted by the industry. We keep the bar very high. We push them to their limits to show them what they can do.”

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