News of Rwanda (Kigali)

10 January 2014

Rwanda: Wharton Business Students Impressed By Rwanda's Rapid Development

A delegation of 30 MBA students and their lecturers from Wharton University Business School in United States say that they are impressed by Rwanda's rapid development in different sectors.

This was disclosed by the delegation head, Prof. Katherine Clein shortly after meeting President Paul Kagame at his office in Village Urugwiro today.

The 30-person delegation is in the country to undertake a course titled: "Conflict, Leadership and Change: Lessons from Rwanda."

Speaking to journalists shortly after meeting the President, Prof. Katherine said that the delegation was honored to ask the President a range of questions especially in the sectors of leadership, conflict management as well as women empowerment.

"My impression about the progress in this country has changed. We had time to ask the President a number of things especially how this country has managed to unite its people... "

"We also asked him more about his impressive leadership style, women empowerement in this country and many others. My delegation was much impressed and students are still curious to know more about this country. We are overwhelmed by the successes we have witnessed and would love to see positive Rwandan future," she said.

Other questions students asked the President included why and how did the genocide take place and mainly what stopped it, the leadership structures and policies that have led the country's economic growth, recovery and current peace and security as well as the country's hope for the future.

In an interview, Wall Rick Williams, a 2nd year MBA student who was part of the delegation said that he was delighted to get a clear picture different from what has been said about Rwanda in different media.

"It is my first time to be in Rwanda and I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to get a clear picture of the country. I expected to get a complicated story about the country but what I have seen is totally different."

The Minister of education, Dr. Vincent Biruta who accompanied the delegation disclosed that part of the reason why the delegation decided to take lessons from Rwanda was mainly the country's unique leadership style inspired by President Kagame.

"This is the 3rd time this University has sent students to take lessons from Rwanda. They do this mainly due to the country's leadership."

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