News mentions

2022

October


Sanders and CMU-Africa students quoted on Mastercard partnership
Tribune-Review

Dean Bill Sanders and CMU-Africa students Junias Bonou and Opelo Tshekiso were quoted in the Tribune-Review about the impact of CMU-Africa and the recently-announced partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.


September


Carnegie Mellon University and the Mastercard Foundation announce a transformational partnership in Africa

A historic partnership with the Mastercard Foundation will expand the engineering and technology, research, and entrepreneurship programs at CMU-Africa, helping to strengthen Africa’s technology, innovation, and research ecosystem.

An important component of this partnership is the creation of the Afretec Network.


August


Afretec planning grants announced
CMU-Africa

The African Engineering and Technology Network, led by CMU-Africa, awarded six planning grants to research collaborations that will lead to socio-economic impact and focus on driving inclusive digital growth on the continent. The research areas include traffic management, designing AI systems for cardiovascular disease screening, and improving access to quality prosthetic and orthotic services in developing countries.


July


Almost 50 faculty members trained in enrichment program

Almost 50 African faculty were trained through Afretec's 2022 faculty-enrichment program. 12 countries and 15 institutions were represented in the program.

May


Afretec sponsors conference in Sierra Leone

Afretec sponsored and participated in the West Africa Conference on Digital Public Goods and Cybersecurity, recently held in Sierra Leone. The conference explored the impact that digitization of public goods and personal identity had, and continues to have, on the economy and peoples of Africa. The event focused on several key domains that will be impacted by the transition to digital public goods (DPGs) as well as the cybersecurity needs that will result, including financial inclusion, healthcare, and agriculture.


April


Student bridge program graduates spring cohort

In its second year running, the undergraduate bridge program graduated 33 students at a ceremony that convened CMU-Africa leadership, representatives from the two partner universities: University of Rwanda and Adventist University of Central Africa, and the program graduates. The event included speeches, an award ceremony, and a reception to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. The two-hour ceremony was the official wrap-up of the five-week academic program aimed to equip bachelor’s students in Rwanda to be competitive applicants to graduate schools anywhere in the world.

March


Six planning grants awarded

The call for proposals for the Inclusive Digital Transformation Planning Grant was published in March 2022. Afretec received 18 multi-institution proposals and awarded 6 planning grants.