TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has made progress in its continued educational outreach by signing a memorandum of understanding for potential collaborations with Carnegie Mellon University.

The world-class research university and the local institute of technology signed the document and came to an agreement at CMU Africa’s campus in Rwanda’s Kigali Innovation City on Monday, August 14, between Rose-Hulman Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rick Stamper, PhD, and Interim Director of CMU-Africa Conrad Tucker, PhD. 

“We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with CMU-Africa. It helps us continue to build bridges with leading educational institutions worldwide,” said Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons. “It’s vital for today’s students to have a truly international perspective. Our global programs provide eye-opening experiences for all students on and off campus.”

Having study abroad opportunities across 21 countries worldwide Rose-Hulman works to provide many opportunities for their students to explore the world and help teach students to not only be cognizant of global challenges but how to solve them in relation to their political, cultural, social, and geographic factors. Through Rose-Hulman’s Global E3 program, students have the option to study abroad through a variety of more than 60 engineering colleges in nearly 20 countries.

“Rose-Hulman and CMU-Africa share an environment of excellence in STEM education that prepares their graduates to have a lasting impact on their communities and across the world,” said Tucker, a world-renowned researcher on machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and biomedical engineering and a 2004 Rose-Hulman mechanical engineering alumnus. “We’re hoping that Rose-Hulman students and faculty can join us in this important journey as we educate future transformational leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.”

Coons also noted that the agreement brings two highly respected institutions together. STEM-focused universities, such as Rose-Hulman, top-ranked for undergraduate-level studies, and CMU-Africa, a world-class, research-oriented university that currently offers graduate degree programs in electrical and computer engineering, information technology, and engineering artificial intelligence collaborating hopes to expand opportunities for students.