Kigali, 11 March 2011
Ten Rwandan students will be awarded scholarships in President Kagame’s name by Jain University in Bangalore, India. The first students to benefit from the annual scholarships will start their studies in July 2011. Dr. Jain Chenraj who is the chairman of the JCI group which manages the university trust met President Kagame earlier today. He told the press:
“We were inspired by how Rwanda has managed to develop in the last 16 years in all sectors including education. Africa is the future and since we saw that Rwanda is a development country, we decided to come and explore the possibility of investing in higher education especially in areas of science and information and communication technology”.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Charles Murigande said that his Ministry was exploring the possibility of Jain University working with a Rwandan university or establishing a campus here, “Dr. Jain is impressed by what Rwandans are doing to advance our country and he will be encouraging other Indian investors to come and invest in Rwanda. We appreciate this support JCI is giving to Rwandan students as education is key to our development, and we are keen to seek as many opportunities as possible for our students.”
With headquarters in Bangalore, the JGI Group that manages Jain University represents a group of 59 educational establishments. They are home to more than 30000 students and 3120 staff members across 25 campuses. There are currently 15 Rwandan students studying at Jain University in Bangalore.