All eight Rwandans graduated in a group of 47 students from 21 African Countries graduated in the second graduating class PAUWES’ both tracks of its two Master programmes (Engineering and Policy) on Thursday 28th 2017
Four students graduated with masters in water sciences and others mastered in Energy sciences
Those mastered in water sciences are Jean Marie Pascal Kwisanga, Anthere Bizimana; Josiane Aboniyo and Diana Umulisa while in energy sciences are Colette Abimana, Gemma Ituze, Jean d’Amour Mwongereza and Michel Rwema
In the ceremony, the graduating students and their guests were addressed by official representatives of the Algerian government and dignitaries from across Africa and Europe, including Her Excellency Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, the new African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Tahar Hadjar, the Algerian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and His Excellency Michael Zenner, the German Ambassador to Algeria (Germany is the partner of the project).
This year’s graduating students willjoin the next generation of African engineers and policymakers committed to addressing the burning issues critical to Africa’s sustainable development.
They have not only successfully completed their coursework requirements, but have conducted practice-oriented research for their master theses based on a multitude of case studies that address the water, energy, and climate-related challenges Africa is currently facing.
In order to gain a trans-continental perspective of those same challenges, students have also completed international internships in the private and public sectors at renowned research institutions cross Africa and beyond.
Besides focusing on their studies, students of the Class of 2017with the support of PAUWES, launched the first-student-lead clubs, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club and the Community of Practice (CoP), which have contributed to the overall sense of community and leadership that the institute strives to promote.
Moreover, this cohort of graduating students represents and fulfills one of the key objectives of the Pan African University (PAU) and PAUWESwhich is to foster anAfrican learning environment of the most qualified and motivated scholars while revitalizing and nurturing the quality of African higher education.
Not only are 21 African Union member states and eleven female students represented in the Class of 2017, but this diverse cohort of students have had the opportunity to study alongside an international faculty of over 100 professors and researchers from across Africa and the rest of the world.
Supported by PAUWES, the University of Tlemcen and PAUWES’ key thematic partner, Germany,the university is confident that students of the Class of 2017 are well positioned to become leaders in public administration, policy-making, research, technology, private enterprise, and civil society.
PAUWES will receive new cohort of 70 students from 31 African countries to join the new class year of 2019