By Collins Mwai
The New Times
President Paul Kagame has hailed the decade long partnership between Rwanda and Oklahoma Christian University, terming it a valuable lesson on the power of human relationships and shared values to drive change and sustain ambitions.
The president was speaking at a dinner reception hosted in celebration of the 10-year partnership with the university. The dinner was also attended by First Lady Jeanette Kagame.
Both the President and the First Lady are honorary alumni of Oklahoma Christian University, having received honorary doctorates from the main campus of the institution.
He termed the 10-year partnership as one of the most meaningful and productive the country has enjoyed with a higher learning institution around the world.
“The relationship with Oklahoma Christian University is without doubt among the most productive and meaningful that we enjoy with institutions of higher learning around the world. In our view, that strength comes from the shared character traits and positive mindsets that we recognized in each other from the onset and which we seek to instill in our young people,” he said.
Over the 10-year period, 421 Rwandan students have had access to education from the American university. Out of the total, 201 have studied in the Oklahoma City campus while 220 students were enrolled in the university’s MBA program in Kigali.
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