Rwanda's Institut Polytechnique de Byumba and Cheyney University Sign MOU
October 25, 2013
CU Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President Sheilah Vance, Esq., and Rector of IPB, Prof. Dr. Fr. Nyombayire Fausti, (center) hold the MOU's, flanked by Justine Mbabazi Niyibizi, Vice Rector in Charge of Administration and Finance, and former Deputy Ambassador from Rwanda to the U.S., Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura, Director of CU’s Master in Public Administration Program, Vice Rector for Academics, Prof. Dr. Nshimiyimana Juvenal, and other IPB faculty and staff
Cheyney University (CU) recently finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Institut Polytechnique de Byumba (IPB) in Rwanda. The MOU will provide many opportunities for faculty, staff, and students in both institutions to collaborate. Highlights of the collaboration are student, faculty and staff exchanges related to Cheyney’s aquaculture program, run by Dr. Steven Hughes, and activities involving the Master in Public Administration Program, run by Rwanda native, Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura.
In August 2013, Mudacumura, Director of Cheyney University’s Master in Public Administration Program, and Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President Sheilah D. Vance, Esq., travelled to Rwanda as guests of the Rwanda Governance Board to plan the Second Conference on Democratic Governance in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, cosponsored by CU and to be held in Rwanda in 2014, and to explore further collaborative possibilities with Rwanda and higher education institutions located there.
Vance and Mudacumura visited IPB and solidified the Memorandum of Understanding with IPB Rector, Professor Dr. Fr. Nyombayire Faustin and Vice Rector for Administration and Finance, Justine Mbabzi Niyibizi, former Deputy Ambassador to the U. S. from Rwanda.
IPB has great interest in using aquaculture for production fish because, as a land-locked country, all of Rwanda’s fish is imported, but fish is very popular in the hotels in its growing tourism industry. IPB officials believe that they can learn much from Dr. Hughes’ aquaculture program, where tilapia and basil are produced. “The project will enhance production of fish and vegetables. It has the potential of providing nutrition for many people in Africa,” insists Mudacumura.
“The collaboration with IPB also has great potential for internationalizing Cheyney’s MPA program beyond what Dr. Mudacumura has already accomplished,” said Vance. “I saw that Dr. Mudacumura is very well-respected at the highest levels of government in Rwanda, and the faculty at IPB are anxious to formally work with him on international public administration issues, including the development of an on-line MPA program that could be accessible to IPB students.”
Other aspects of the MOU include organization of joint research activities, conferences, publications and workshops; IPB serving as a repository laboratory for experiments and trials of new technologies or species, and inter-library resource sharing.