The programme received outstanding positive feedback from students from both universities, who described the trip as an ‘incredible’, ‘unforgettable’, ‘exciting’ and ‘eye-opening’ experience.
One Architecture student from the University of Westminster said: “I just wanted to say thank you to the people from Rwanda and people from Westminster for this wonderful experience, being part of a social enterprise and having the opportunity to visit Rwanda. This welcoming country taught me a lot of things that I would never imagine. At the same time, it empowered my inner self in so many different ways that are difficult to describe, and I can’t wait to see what is coming next. Unity, team work, genuine hearts are the main aspects of this project and we could feel it in the air. I know that this will move little pieces in this world. I can only express the marks this experience has left on me, but I can imagine what it has left in people’s hearts during this adventure.”
A student from the University of Rwanda also shared his experience, saying: “This whole week that we spent with Westminster students and staff was one I will never forget. We learnt how to make social enterprises that will change thousands of people’s lives, but we also learnt how to live in a society, particularly through a mutual understanding. I would like to thank Darrell Kofkin and all the Westminster staff for all the amazing work they did. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity.”
The programme has generated huge media interest in local and national media and received great media coverage from Rwandan outlets and national broadcast TV channels including RTV, Hope Magazine, Rwanda News Agency, Taarifa, Igihe, highlighting the importance of this collaborative programme in transforming the Rwandan society and forging future Rwandan entrepreneurs.
Talking about the programme, Darrell Kofkin, Project Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Rwanda programme and also Course Leader for Undergraduate Marketing Programmes at Westminster Business School , said: “My vision for this programme was that students from diverse backgrounds and circumstances would come together to make lasting impact, transforming not only their lives but also the lives of many in Rwanda. Rwanda is an incredible country that has transformed itself remarkably from the dark days of 1994. The programme represented an amazing opportunity for our students to engage with one of the fastest growing economies in the world, to engage with and exchange ideas and knowledge with their Rwandan peers and to develop projects which will have real and sustainable impact on Rwandan society. This is just the beginning and there is much work ahead of the students over the next month as they further refine their plans before final submission at the end of June, and as we put in place the resources to make this a sustainable programme for many years to come.”
With students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community, the University of Westminster embraces global engagement in all its forms. We have a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide, and place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. Our research addresses global themes and is sustained by international collaborations. We are an international institution, located in the heart of London.
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Read the previous story on the collaborative partnership between the University of Westminster and the University of Rwanda.