During his recent visit to campus, the Hon. Vincent Biruta, Rwandan Minister of Environment, and Yale President Peter Salovey signed a Memorandum of Understanding meant to foster cooperation and collaboration in sustainable development, environmental protection and conservation.
The Council on African Studies hosted a meeting with Minister Biruta as part of his visit. Led by Council Chair, Professor Michael Cappello, the meeting brought together a multidisciplinary group of CAS faculty and a Rwandan delegation that included Hubert Ruzibiza, the CEO of the Rwanda Green Fund, and Beth Kaplin, the acting director of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management at the University of Rwanda.
The discussion focused on ways in which CAS and Rwandan faculty may build collaborations through joint research projects and student exchanges. Among the potential projects discussed, CAS and SPH Associate Professor Kaveh Khoshnood, recently appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, proposed exploring joint initiatives in public health. Consistent with our mission to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching about Africa at Yale, the Council on African Studies looks forward to developing a productive relationship with colleagues in Rwanda.