University of Rwanda launches $ 55 million partnership to develop next generation of African leaders

Kigali: MasterCard Foundation and University of Rwanda unveil 10-year $ 55 million partnership to provide access to higher education for 1,200 young Africans Launched in 2012, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is committed to growing Africa’s next generation of change leaders by providing skills training, leadership development, counseling, counseling, experience, and professional services to economically disadvantaged students. The Scholarship Program has so far awarded nearly 40,000 scholarships.

A.D. Established in 2013, the University of Rwanda is the largest and most comprehensive higher education institution in Rwanda with the mission of producing change and high-impact entrepreneurs who will contribute to building a more equitable and sustainable world.

“We are delighted to be part of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program in Rwanda,” said Reta Roy, president and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation. He added, “The mission and programs of the university are inseparable from the national goals of the country. This is why it is especially helpful as it prepares young people in many fields of study for careers and real-life problem solvers.

The new partnership contributes to a strong ecological environment that supports the University of Rwanda’s inclusive, inclusive education and supports innovative and meaningful ways for young people. By 2030, it has been aligned with the MasterCard Foundation’s Young Africa Work Strategy to provide 30 million young Africans, especially young African women, with a decent and satisfying job.

“The University of Rwanda strongly believes in the vision of the MasterCard Foundation,” said Alexander Lambaje, Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda. That is why it has decided to work with the Foundation to train our change leaders and business leaders to increase our efforts and make a difference on the African continent. This program is in line with Rwanda’s National Transformation Strategy and its impact. It is echoed by our stakeholders and the larger East African community at the University of Rwanda.

The University of Rwanda joins a global network of 29 MasterCard Foundation Scholars program partners who are committed to providing quality education and aspirations for all young people, regardless of their background.

About the University of Rwanda

The University of Rwanda (UR) is a public, multi-campus institution that provides extensive academic research. Founded in 2013 by merging free higher education institutions, the UR has graduated a total of 49,477 students, 36% female and 64% male. The University offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and certification courses in six faculties (Science and Technology, Medicine and Health Sciences, Business and Economics, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Education, and Arts and Social Sciences). The university hosts African centers of excellence in Internet, information science, renewable energy, education, science and mathematics. Other centers of excellence: Regional Center for Vaccination, Vaccination and Healthcare Management Management (EAC RCE-VIHSCM), Center for Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and Health (CEBE), and ICTP (East African Institute of Basic Research). For more information on the University of Rwanda, please visit:

About the MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation works with vision organizations to provide respected and satisfying work to young Africans and Indigenous communities in Canada. It is one of the largest, private foundations in the world with a mission to promote inclusive education and financial inclusion to create a more inclusive and equitable world. The Foundation was established in 2006 as an independent Board of Directors and Management Board with MasterCard. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit

Please contact us for more information

University of Rwanda
Amy Arsenval Maniriho
Deputy Chancellor’s Adviser

MasterCard Foundation
Helen White
Strategic Leader, Program Communications
+27 76 166 5372,

Enoch Jian
Leader, Academic Program Relations


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