Inside ALU Rwanda new Rwf 14 billion campus
The multi-million-dollar facility lies on 6,500 square metres, and is spread out in three different buildings which house the Learning Commons, the Enterprise Commons, and the Social Commons.
The Learning Commons has 21 learning labs, 76 meeting pods, and administration offices. It also has a leadership centre where students can organize short events or showcases such as art galleries.
The sprawling campus is on the edge of the Kigali Special Economic Zone in what the government has reimagined as a technology city that will drive Rwanda to become a knowledge based economy.
At the Kigali Innovation City where the campus is located, another globally renowned university, Carnegie Mellon University-Africa (CMU-Africa), has already established its campus there.
The University of Rwanda has similarly kicked off the development of its much-anticipated biotechnology centre in the same area. African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) plans to do the same.
ALU’s new campus will become a permanent home to students from across Africa, who every year, ascend to Rwanda to pursue their studies, and will enable founders achieve their goal of creating future leaders.
“Moving to Kigali Innovation City allows us to really grow and scale up our operations,” Gaidi Faraj, the University’s Dean, says. “We have more than three times the amount of space we held in our previous campus in Kigali Heights.”