The influx of international students from different parts of the continent has been increasing rapidly over the last three years in Rwanda.
Sources indicate that the majority of the students come from west Africa; Chad, Ghana, Nigeria, Haiti respectively with regional countries like Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
With this increasing trend, there are many factors that account for the attraction of international students to Rwanda. Here we can say, Visit Rwanda campaigns, stable security, political stability, and the improving quality of education.
Meanwhile, Rwanda is becoming a major education hub both in the region and on the continent especially because of its improvement in providing quality education with cost-effective payments on international students.
In addition, Rwanda is a country that is politically stable and has always had a great significance on the international community.
Aspiring students who come to study in Rwanda can always find the wide variety of courses available in several different universities and a creative environment that engages students to realize their potential.
Rwanda’s education system has thrived to maintain enviable standards for education with competent trained faculty, the highest standards of learning as well as international recognition for degree programs.
A number of government initiatives and funding boots have contributed to securing the country as an eye-catching destination for international students, given that as a key priority, the Ministry of Education has embarked on a journey to attract more international students to the country, and the establishment of international universities is helping to fulfill the aim.
What the International students say
Abakar Mahamat Issa is a student from Chad pursuing computer science at African Leadership University, he says while coming to Rwanda he considered three things: security, local community, and leadership.
“I chose to study here at African Leadership University because the country is very safe; I heard that people are stable and can move anywhere at any time. Secondly, integrating into the Rwandan community is very smooth, people are friendly, collaborative and respectful. Finally, I considered what I could learn from the country, I was amazed by the leadership and sense of patriotism that many of our countries are lacking. Additionally, after I came here, I felt like I am at home”.
Another international student from DRC at Kigali Independent University,
Moise Kandundao is a student from DRC at Kigali Independent University, he says, he didn’t have much information about Rwanda, but he likes traveling, meeting new people and learning from them. “I didn’t have much information about the education system in Rwanda but I knew that it is full of opportunities which is a fortunate journey. I also analyzed that Rwandans are friendly."