NEW YORK, New York— January 5, 2016 – Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey will join the East African Development Bank (EADB) and The Africa-America Institute as an institutional partner on a new scholarship program that will enable experienced teachers and lecturers to earn a post-graduate degree in science, technology, engineering and math at the university to help build a skilled workforce in the STEM fields in East Africa.
The EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program is aimed at boosting the number of qualified academics in the STEM fields and building workforce skills in the science, engineering and technology sectors in the East African countries of Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The qualified scholarship recipients will begin graduate school at Rutgers-New Brunswick beginning Fall 2016. Rutgers is one of the academic institution partners with New Jersey Institute of Technology for the scholarship program.
“We look forward to working with the outstanding students entering this program from East Africa. Our graduate education provides domestic and international students with advanced training for their chosen fields, developing leaders who will contribute to knowledge through original research, teach future generations, and solve problems of importance to society,” said Dr. Jerome Kukor, Dean of the Graduate School, Rutgers-New Brunswick.
The fully-funded EADB graduate level scholarships will provide full tuition, room and living expenses within a stipulated budget. Scholarship recipients must be a citizen of the EADB member states of Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda and commit to returning to their home country to teach in a public educational institution.
Skilled and well-trained professionals in the STEM fields are necessary to accelerate innovation, economic growth and development progress in Africa.
Given the remarkable economic growth and progress in East Africa and across the continent, the scholarship program was created to fill a serious shortage of engineers, scientists, and technology professionals. Today, there is one scientist or engineer per 10,000 people in Africa, the World Bank cited, compared to between 20 and 50 in industrialized countries.
“We are thrilled to partner with Rutgers on this scholarship program. We believe our Scholars will gain an outstanding education and world-class knowledge and expertise in their respective field,” said Amini Kajunju, AAI President & CEO.
“After receiving their graduate degree, scholars will return home to educate a new generation of engineers, scientists and tech professionals,” said Kajunju, noting that only 1 percent of young people in Africa are expected to graduate from university in a science or engineering field.
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