March 13, 2018: Nineteen PhD and Msc students from University of Massachusetts Boston paid a courtesy visit to Professor Philip Cotton, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda.
The team of students that visited UR is made of cohorts 2016 and 2017 who want to learn about the history, politics, development and environment of Rwanda. The main focus of the visit was to allow UMass Boston students to meet with a variety of experts, professionals and government officials to learn what Rwanda has done to promote sustainability and solve complex environmental problems.
Nineteen PhD and Msc students from University of Massachusetts Boston together with Professor Philip Cotton, the Vice President Chancellor of the University of Rwanda
The Dean Dr David Cash, Professor Maria Ivanova, Professor Robert Chen, and Professor Stacy VanDeveer from McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies accompanied students.
In his address the Vice Chancellor noted that the visit of UMass students and staff is very important since it provides an opportunity for two institutions to learn best practices from each other.
Prof Cotton with Prof Maria Ivanova and Dr David Cash
Professor Cotton gave the students some words of encouragement, saying, “I hope that you will take full advantage of this opportunity for personal and professional development. We wish to have more of you coming back to the University of Rwanda to share your knowledge and skills to UR students ”
Dr David Cash thanked the Vice Chancellor for a warm welcome and said that “ A partnership between UMass Boston and UR would be useful to both institutions especially in the area of students exchange and joint research projects”.
The visit was organised through INTEGRATIVE GRADUATE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AND TRAINEESHIP (IGERT) program of National Science Foundation in US, which is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.