In the second of three countries on a tour which aims to extend Trent’s connections to Africa, Trent International and the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor attended a series of meetings in Rwanda.
Dr. Groarke, President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University, one of Canada’s top universities, described their experience as a very positive one.
“We were especially impressed with Rwandan’s determination to be a leader in sustainable and environmental development. This is a conscious focus for the city, its leaders, students and citizens,” he said.
At a meeting with the University of Rwanda, the Trent team met with the University’s vice chancellor, deputy vice chancellor and with other academic leaders to explore student exchanges, and synergies between academic programmes and research areas.
According to a statement from the University, Trent and the University of Rwanda have agreed to explore possible collaboration on environmental research.
More than 50 students interested in learning about Trent and Canada attended a Trent information session, where President Groarke led a question-and-answer session with members of the Trent International team.
Interest in Trent’s expanding array of programmes is high as Rwandan students look for opportunities to learn from an international experience, excel academically, and gain career experience.
“The students in Kigali were eager to learn more about Trent and about life in Canada – and were especially impressed to meet the university president,” said Glennice Burns, associate Vice-President, International.
He added: “Meeting with the prospective students and applicants, and with Trent alumni who live here continues to be a highlight as we travel through Africa. The students we met came with a plethora of questions – and showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the Trent experience, which we were able to share with a 3D virtual reality presentation.”
The visit to Kigali wrapped up with a meeting at the Rwanda Development Board, which encouraged Trent to do more in Rwanda.
Among other things, they were interested in Trent’s plans for the Cleantech Commons, a partnership between Trent University and the City of Peterborough which aims to attract green and cleantech businesses, something that mirrors what Rwanda is trying to do.
From Rwanda, the team heads to Kenya where they plan to hold a series of meetings and events in the City of Nairobi.