Dr. Peter Woeste Ambassador of Germany in Rwanda visited INES-Ruhengeri on this Friday 7th December 2018; his visit was in line with entrepreneurship promotion.

Through AGEA, INES-Ruhengeri and its Business Incubation Center organized entrepreneurship promotion where students with good projects/prototype from 12 universities in Rwanda meet at INES-Ruhengeri for entrepreneurship promotion.

The African German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA) is an initiative developed by the International SEPT Program of Leipzig University in cooperation with its partners in Africa and Germany.

The aim is to promote entrepreneurship education and business incubator establishment in Africa as well as to establish practice oriented cooperation with start-ups and businesses. The AGEA in addition supports African oriented start-ups in Germany and provides necessary support needed by businesses which want to do business in Africa.

AGEA has been established to empower Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in entrepreneurship promotion activities and business incubator establishment in Africa. It is also a platform to encourage sharing of knowledge among African HEIs and the private sector. This kind of knowledge sharing is done in collaboration with German universities and business associations (South – South knowledge transfer and North-South cooperation).

The visit of Ambassador at INES-Ruhengeri was to reinforce the North-South cooperation where after the tour/visit of INES facilities meet with Deputy Vice Chancellors of universities which are in AGEA.

The Rector of INES-Ruhengeri Fr. Dr Fabien HAGENIMA explained the effort made by INES to promote entrepreneurship.

“Students in Rwanda has good ideas and projects” said Ambassador “Germany believes that education is the key, working with industries and private sector will help universities to grow” he added

Ambassador said that the different between Germany and Rwandan education is that the private sector/industries in Germany have willing to invest in young people, they collaborate with universities to produce well educated people.

He ended by requesting students to challenge their seniors, “Students, you should challenge your seniors and they will assist you to prepare your good future” He concluded

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