By Daniel Sabiiti
A Mauritius based university Rushmore (RUT Ltd) will invest Rwf4.8billion which will be used in training Rwandans in technical and vocational education skills to boost the country’s targets of becoming a service based economy.
This comes after Rwanda Workforce Development (WDA) and Rushmore University sealed a cooperation deal to implement the programme which will commence its activities in 2017.
The deal was signed between Jerome Gasana, the WDA director general and Dr Ramluggun-Essoo, the Head of Business Development at Rushmore University in Kigali city on September 7, 2016.
Gasana said that the coming of Rushmore University was timely investment since the government has been encouraging more investments initiatives in the skills development segment of Rwanda’s education.
Gasana also added that there is a timeline that has been set to enable the school to invest progressively in the country.
“We have agreed that the Mauritian school will invest the initial funds in a period of three years. They (Rushmore) will be operating their Rwanda campus on rented facilities but in this period they will be able to invest in their own structures” Gasana said in a press briefing.
Some of the technical courses offered by the Rushmore Business School in Mauritius include Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering, and Aircraft Engineering among other ICT based courses and Hospitality Management.
Dr Ramluggun-Essoo said that Rwandan students who will complete at Rushmore campus will be able to effectively compete on the job market.
“Our graduates will be marketable and able to create more jobs because our education is at the international level” Ramluggun-Essoo said.
On the offset, Rushmore Rwanda campus will have an intake 600 and 800 student in the first batch of its admission process, and its entry into Rwanda is part of its expansion plan on the African continent.
In a related development, more than a dozen top Mauritian universities were in Rwanda, this September, 2016 to tap into the rapidly growing education market needs.
With the help of the Mauritius Board of Investment (BIO) and the British High Commission, 12 universities showcased education opportunities to Rwandan students in an exhibition that take place at Lemigo Hotel on September 7, 2016.