American Corner in Rubavu Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On 25 March 2022 at 02:49

The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda, in partnership with University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB), celebrated the 10th anniversary of the American Corner in Rubavu, a resource center for programs and information about the United States.

Over the past 10 years, the American Corner has offered thousands of youth leaders, students, English teachers, women entrepreneurs, public relations officers, and journalists, and members of the public free information and programs highlighting American culture, history, English language, and education and training opportunities in STEM and other fields.

Speaking during celebrations held on 24th March 2022, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Deb MacLean said that the American Corner provides a welcoming atmosphere where many visitors gain their first insights into America.

“The American Corner is a U.S. Embassy partnership with UTB that demonstrates the U.S. commitment to building strong bonds with the people of Rwanda,” she said.

The ceremony was also attended by UTB Vice Chancellor Prof. Callixte Kabera and Mayor of Rubavu District, Ildephonse Kambogo.

Prof. Kabera underscored that American Corner has helped students improve their English proficiencies and study abroad among other advantages.

"We already have partnerships with various institutions which help the students to study abroad. English language proficiencies acquired from American corner are very helpful as they pursue studies," he said.

Over the 10 years of partnership, the American Corner has become known throughout the province and neighboring cities as a source of information and programs.

In a typical year, American Corner Rubavu hosts an average of 250 programs a year and approximately 24,000 visitors. It is open to the public on Monday through Friday.

American Corners are part of a U.S. Department of State initiative started after World War I. There are currently 600 American Spaces in approximately 140 countries. These spaces serve as places for people to connect with the United States, access information, experience American culture, improve their English language skills, and learn about educational opportunities in the United States.

The event was also characterized by a cake cutting session.