The unrestricted grant comes after CMU-R identified the use of technology to boost healthcare as crucial, with creative innovations needed to address the needs of developing countries with limited medical resources.
“We are delighted to receive this grant from RII,” stated Bruce Krogh, director of CMU-R. “It makes it possible for our faculty and students to launch new research into ICT innovations that will significantly improve healthcare in developing countries like Rwanda, particularly through the use of mobile technology.”
“We are proud to support this important research in Rwanda,” stated Dr Nikhil Balram, president and CEO of RII. “RII is working to advance Open Innovation in emerging countries through collaboration between industry and researchers, yielding both technological and academic advances. The research carried out at CMU-R has the potential to improve the way healthcare is delivered not only in Rwanda, but throughout the world.”
CMU-R is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and the Government of Rwanda to build Rwanda’s ICT capacity through graduate education and research. It is the first US research institution to offer engineering graduate degrees in Africa. It is central to the Rwandan government’s aim of creating a regional ICT Centre of Excellence in Kigali and establishing ICT as a major component of a knowledge-based economy.
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