Coventry University to open Africa Hub in Rwanda

On 28 April 2021 at 11:37

Coventry University Group is set to open a new overseas hub in Rwanda to support its links in Sub-Saharan Africa and help extend its corporate functions across the world.

The hub will open in Kigali to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in June.

It is part of the university’s plan to develop a sustainable network of multi-faceted overseas offices. The ambition is to have a presence near to its stakeholders in key regions and follows the success of the Singapore and Dubai hubs.

The aim is to provide organisations and individuals throughout the world with regional access to the growing academic, research and commercial expertise that exists within all areas of the Coventry University Group.

According to the university’s management, the Africa Hub will serve as a base for Coventry University Group in the region with the aim of enabling new relationships as well as strengthening established ones.

The Africa Hub is expected to promote the university group’s research, globalisation, enterprise and innovation work throughout the region through the development of closer relationships with embassies, government bodies, research institutes, universities and private sector entities.

The hub will be located in Kigali Heights, a mixed use development situated adjacent to Kigali Convention Centre.

Commenting on the development, Professor John Latham CBE, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University Group expressed delight for the university’s progress in establishing a representation office in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The hub aligns with the UK International Education Strategy and will respond to the growth opportunity we have identified on the continent. Africa has a growing population largely composed of young people and economies that are among the fastest growing in the world. The Africa Hub will join our successful hubs in Singapore and Dubai to fulfil our strategic objective to be a global university delivering at a global scale.”

According to John Uwayezu, Country Director and Market Access Officer for UK Department for International Trade, British High Commission in Kigali; the regional hub is in line with DIT’s targeted plan of action to increase trade and investment flows between the UK and Rwanda.

“The hub will accelerate progress in human capital development. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest when it comes to economic growth and productivity. I congratulate the Government of Rwanda’s strong commitment to investing in people,” he noted.

Coventry University was ranked the top 13th best university in the United Kindgdom by the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Coventry University is set to open a new overseas hub in Rwanda in June 2021.
Coventry University will be located in Kigali Heights, adjacent to Kigali Convention Centre.