CMU Africa will open in a new facility in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2019. Par By Julia Mericle





Carnegie Mellon University announced it will relocate its site in Rwanda to a permanent space in Kigali Innovation City, according to a news release.

The new 65,000-square-foot facility, with a 300 student capacity, will open in November 2019. CMU will serve as the building’s anchor tenant. The university’s Africa presence, established in 2011, previously operated out of Telecom House in Kigali.

CMU Africa will graduate its largest class in June 2019.

CMU’s school of engineering offered its first degree in Africa, a Master’s of Science in information technology, in 2012. The university added a Master’s of Science in electrical and computer engineering program in 2014.

In June, the Kigali location’s largest class of 51 students will graduate.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa offers two graduate programs from the school of engineering.

Sherry Stokes, senior marketing and publications manager for CMU’s College of Engineering, said CMU was the first U.S. university to offer a master’s degree taught by full time faculty in Africa. She said other universities are now following the strategic move, because by 2040 Africa is predicted to have 20 percent of the world’s youth population and a workforce larger than China’s current workforce.