Rwanda president praises Carnegie Mellon branch

PITTSBURGH (AP) ? President Paul Kagame of Rwanda says a new partnership with Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University will help the war-torn African country continue on the path to prosperity.

Carnegie Mellon plans to open a branch campus in Rwanda next year, making it the first American university to do so in central Africa.

Kagame said Friday he believes the campus is evidence of “a changing tide in the global partnership” to help poor nations. About 500 people stood and applauded him at the school, while a few dozen protesters outside criticized his government’s human rights record.

The first degree offered will be a Master of Science in Information Technology. The courses will be taught in English in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.