Stanford University students pay courtesy call on President

President Paul Kagame received more than 20 students from Stanford Graduate School of Business, yesterday, at Urugwiro Village in Kigali.
Some of the Stanford Graduate Business School students at Village Urugwiro yesterday. Courtesy.
Some of the Stanford Graduate Business School students at Village Urugwiro yesterday. Courtesy.

President Paul Kagame received more than 20 students from Stanford Graduate School of Business, yesterday, at Urugwiro Village in Kigali.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the head of the US varsity students’ delegation, Neha Samdaria, said their discussions with the President focused on Rwanda’s economic development approach; tackling a number of inclusive development programmes that the Government is using to spur economic transformation of its people such as One Cow-Per-Poor-Family (Girinka), universal health insurance, education for all, agriculture, among others.

Samdaria told reporters that the students wanted to talk to the President about inclusive growth in Rwanda and in East Africa.

“We gained a lot of insights about the specific sectors that are growing quickly in Rwanda, his plans for the future and about the strength of the Rwandan population,” Samdaria said.

She added that the students will return to the college with “much better understanding” of the country, its culture, and people. And what it really takes to build an inclusive economy.”

“Are we challenged from the discussions? “Yeah, I think there is a lot to reflect on and discuss when we get back,” she added.

The students’ trip to Rwanda is part of annual trips of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business since 2010, with the last in March 2015. The students come from diverse backgrounds, including finance, telecom, engineering and technology.

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