Rwanda intends to offer Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scholarships to students from Eastern and Central African states. The disclosure was made by Prof Romain Murenzi, the Minister in the President's Office in charge of Science and Technology, who said that the development is meant to standardise the country's ICT programme in the region.

According to Prof Murenzi the scholarship scheme is expected to start in 2009 with facilitation of up to 100 undergraduate students from eleven Central and Eastern African countries.

  Rwanda's step towards promotion of regional ICT programme comes at the heels of a unanimous decision taken at just-concluded African Heads of State Summit (in Ethiopia) to enhance science and technology studies. Under the theme 'science and technology, with the goal of stimulating African development' the African Heads of State announced numerous scholarship schemes to increase the number of scientists in the continent.

The New Times