The envoy made the remarks yesterday while speakingto international students and members of academic staff at MKU Campus in Nairobi where he was invited as special guest to address 300 international students on the role of diplomacy in fostering bilateral relations between Rwanda and Kenya.
“Rwanda and Kenya continue to enjoy mutual bilateral relations that brought about conducive environment that has led Kenya to become the largest investor in my country with close to half a billion dollars investment portfolio as of this year” Kimonyo said
Amb.Kimonyo underlined how Mount Kenya University and other institutions of higher learning have been instrumental in supporting Rwanda government to achieve it development agenda.
“I commend the role of this institution is playing in fostering quality education in Rwanda particularly for making it possible for Rwandan students undertake science related courses” he said.
“After 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, our government set out to build a knowledge-based economy as one of the major pillars to achieve our broad economic goals, I thank Mount Kenya University for being part of this journey” Kimonyo added.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman and Founder of Mount Kenya University Dr. Simon Gicharu commended the conducive business environment facilitated by the government of Rwanda that allows investors to start and go about their business without any hitches.
“I must say that in my academic experience, Rwanda stands out to be my best investment destination. We started our operations in Rwanda in 2009 and since then we have grown into a fully-fledged campus located in Kicukiro. This campus is a home to 4,627 Rwandan students pursuing degree courses in various disciplines under school of health, school of applied sciences, school of business and economics and school of education. He said
According to Dr. Gicharu, the university has invested over Rwf 18 billion in Kigali campus and plans for expansion are underway.
Dr. Gicharu informed the High Commissioner that after the closure of the pharmacy department at Kigali campus, the university administration decided to relocate 70 Rwandan students who were pursuing degree course in pharmacy to Nairobi to carryon with their studies from there.
“I would like to assure the High Commissioner that these students are in safe hands. We decided to bring them here so that they can complete their academic dreams and this will be done at no extra cost. They will pay the same amount of fees they paid in Kigali and the university will cater for their accommodation, meals and other basic needs,” Gicharu said.