University of Global Health Equity is a non-profit private higher education institution located in Rwanda Founded in 2015. Officially recognized by the Rwanda Ministry of Education, the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a co-educational Rwandan higher learning institution. University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as master's degrees in several areas of study. UGHE also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students as well as administrative services.
In 2014, thanks to the visionary leadership of the Cummings Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Partners In Health took the first steps towards realizing a long-sought aspiration to create a university that would advance global health delivery by training a new generation of global health leaders who are equipped in not just building, but sustaining effective and equitable health systems.
The idea for such an institution emerged at the time of the 2013 Oral Health Stakeholders meeting in Kigali when the Cummings Foundation first proposed a brand-new university that would serve not only Rwanda but also all of Africa and beyond. This matched the idea that Dr. Paul Farmer had for the future of PIH in education, and on October 8, 2013, he responded to Bill Cummings in an email, “What a great vision, and one that squares with the Rwandan vision of pulling people up by building a ‘knowledge economy while delivering care and what better way to promote peace, justice, and development in the region.”
The University of Global Health Equity stands alone in both its focus on equity and its proximity to health systems that face the very challenges that students will grapple with in the classroom. UGHE is pioneering a new way of training leaders who will emerge ready to develop health care services and systems that connect neglected communities with essential–and life-saving–attention.
An early commitment from the Cummings Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a 10-year framework catalyzing the University of Global Health Equity, and then later funded the first phase of implementation. UGHE remains grateful to its founding partners who played a vital role in the establishment of this new University. This visionary leadership, coupled with a commitment to infrastructure from the Government of Rwanda, has been invaluable to the success of UGHE, its graduates, and the communities in which they serve.