Carnegie Mellon University in Africa to expand presence

Carnegie Mellon University in Africa to expand presence

United States-based Carnegie Mellon University in Africa is planning to expand its presence in a bid to train and introduce world-class talents from the continent to the world.

In a report last week, Quartz Africa said that Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Africa was seeking to introduce locally-tailored but globally-competitive packages to solve challenges in Africa, after the said continent lagged behind global rivals when it came to generating research.

Carnegie Mellon University in Africa has established its new $12-million campus on a 6,000-square meter property in Rwanda, East Africa.

It has grown from being a small graduate program attracting local applicants to becoming the only American research university with a full-time faculty and operations. It is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Meanwhile, in Africa, only the University of Cape Town and the University of Witwatersrand were the institutions leading research offerings and both are headquartered in the southern part of the continent.

“We know what a good university and a good educational institution can do to local economies,” Carnegie Mellon University Africa Director Vijayakumar Bhagavatula was quoted as saying, emphasising an estimated $12 billion in annual economic impact the university created in Pittsburgh area.

Carnegie Mellon University in Africa has a total of 196 graduating students so far.

“Our vision is to be here, educate African students in Africa, for African applications,” Bhagavatula said.

CMU Africa said that the move was also in line with calls from African nations to champion new skills in knowledge as a support for economic growth, even if higher education continues to face funding challenges.

With a rapidly-growing, working-age population, governments are also gradually looking to strong educational institutions as a precious resource to create jobs, drive growth, and propel entrepreneurs and scientists onto the world stage.

Photo: CMU Africa

Angelica is a reporter for Global Education Times with a focus on the ‘business of education’, and on Asia-Pacific and South American education affairs. An experienced journalist, Angelica also writes for the oldest English newspaper in the Philippines, The Manila Times, as the publication’s business correspondent.
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