Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Mastercard Foundation, in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda, are pursuing a transformational partnership in higher education and innovation in Africa to catalyze opportunities for 10,000 young people to engage with emerging technologies and lead the digital transformation of the continent.

The $275.7 million partnership with the Mastercard Foundation will significantly expand advanced engineering and technology education at Carnegie Mellon University in Africa. The investment from the Foundation includes a $175 million endowment to perpetually fund Carnegie Mellon Africa and $100.7 million to establish CMU-Africa's Center for the Inclusive Digital Transformation of Africa.

Carnegie Mellon's commitment to Africa reflects its global mission. With more than a dozen degree-granting locations, students who hail from nearly 100 countries, and research projects and partnerships with organizations around the world, the CMU community is dedicated to its work to solve the critical and most complex challenges affecting society. For more than a decade, this global focus has included its College of Engineering location in Kigali, Rwanda, where it educates the next generation of African tech leaders and innovators. CMU-Africa was established in 2011 through a partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and the Government of Rwanda.

As of fall 2022, the program enrolled students representing 21 African countries. CMU-Africa's impact includes a close to 90% employment rate within the first year of graduation. Its alumni have founded or joined startup companies, are pursuing their doctoral degrees in top programs in the U.S. and Europe, and are serving in government information offices, including within the Government of Rwanda and the World Bank.