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Type: Private Institution
Established: September 2017
No of Students: 300
Founder: Mr. Fred Swaniker
Campuses: Kigali Campus, Mauritius Campus
Website: https://www.alueducation.com/
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The African Leadership University(ALU) in Rwanda is the second campus of a network of tertiary institutions known as the African Leadership University, operating in Mauritius and Rwanda. It is located in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda.

The African Leadership University was launched in 2015 with the ambitious plan to build 25 campuses across the African continent, and train over 3 million future leaders in 5 decades. The pan-African univers.. more

The African Leadership University(ALU) in Rwanda is the second campus of a network of tertiary institutions known as the African Leadership University, operating in Mauritius and Rwanda. It is located in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda.

The African Leadership University was launched in 2015 with the ambitious plan to build 25 campuses across the African continent, and train over 3 million future leaders in 5 decades. The pan-African university was founded by Fred Swaniker in a bid to train successful entrepreneurs in an everchanging world.

As a Young Global Leader recognised by the World Economic Forum, Fred Swaniker has twice been recognised by former US President Barack Obama for his work in developing African leaders, and by Forbes Magazine as one of the top young power men in Africa.

Being the founder of the African Leadership Group, which ALU belongs to, Mr Swaniker aims to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting 3 million leaders by 2060.  It is accredited by the Higher Education Council of Rwanda. It was launched in 2017 with about 300 students.

Rwanda is equally home to ALU’s School of Business. It has two campuses; Mauritius Campus and Rwanda Campus.

ALU in Africa preaches a different educational philosophy from regular universities. It boasts of a unique learning model that puts the student first, through engaging and meaningful peer activities.

It also boasts a four-step learning cycle that demands students discover what they don’t know and what they need to learn, learning at their own pace and in the manner best suited to their needs, learning from peers who have been through the same process, and finally applying what has been learned to solve real-life problems.

The University focuses on a holistic approach that aims to endow its students not just with academic majors, but with a mission for life, by giving students the tools to exploit the opportunities available to them.

ALU is essentially a Pan African institution, boasting students and staff from all the 54 African countries, enabling a mix of rich, vibrant cultures. The university equally employs staff from around the world, granting the budding university community a global network to facilitate growth and learning in every student.

The University, in a bid to make its world-class educational experience accessible to all students, offers innovative financial assistance options across its two campuses. ALU Rwanda, in particular, promotes an Income Share Agreement (ISA) – an innovative tuition financing model to make tertiary education available to thousands of students across Africa.

This agreement allows students to attend ALU and in exchange pay a percentage of their earned income after employment, for a set period of time. The ALU Scholarship for Young Conservation leaders also offers 25 full scholarships to students already admitted at the university.

The university seeks to build a rich community, and as such it encourages events and programmes geared towards the growth of its students. Various programmes such as the Student Ventures Programme, Student Leadership Programme, Leadership Wellness and Work-Study Programmes enhance the student experience.

There is also a range of sports, clubs and activities that include community service programmes like fundraising initiatives and children home visits. This is all in line with the African Leadership University’s goal to provide a holistic, practical education.

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Mauritius Campus
• BA (Hons) Business Management
• BSc (Hons) Computing
• MEng (Hons) Electrical Power Systems Engineering
• BA (Hons) Social Sciences

Rwanda Campus
• BSc (Hons) Computer Science
• BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship
• BA (Hons) Global Ch.. more

Mauritius Campus
• BA (Hons) Business Management
• BSc (Hons) Computing
• MEng (Hons) Electrical Power Systems Engineering
• BA (Hons) Social Sciences

Rwanda Campus
• BSc (Hons) Computer Science
• BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship
• BA (Hons) Global Challenges
• BA (Hons) International Business and Trade

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate Admission Requirement
Candidates must have:
Completed a final national secondary school examination and graduated from secondary school with a certificate of secondary education on an A-Level or equivalent.
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate Admission Requirement
Candidates must have:
Completed a final national secondary school examination and graduated from secondary school with a certificate of secondary education on an A-Level or equivalent.
Taken a minimum of 2 A-Level subjects or equivalent with a minimum overall grade average of a C.
Evidence of having attained sufficient English language proficiency.
**Applicants who do not have the required number of A-levels or an equivalent qualification, but who may have a year or more of tertiary education can only be considered for admission for ALC Mauritius.
**The BSc (Hon) Computer Science requires an A-Level (or equivalent) in Math or Computer Science with a minimum B grade.
**If you do not yet have your senior secondary qualification, you are required to upload your end-of-term results for your final three (3) years of senior secondary school. You will then be eligible to receive a preliminary offer to ALU.

**English Proficiency
Candidates whose primary language of instruction in secondary education was not English will be asked to provide proof of English proficiency by demonstrating you have attained a required grade in one of our accepted English Language exams.
If you do not have sufficient proficiency in English, you will be required to participate in the English Immersion Programme before starting official classes at ALU.

HOW TO APPLY
The ALU Leadership Assessment
The ALU Leadership Assessment is a norm-referenced assessment through which you will discover how you measure on the 5 core leadership traits.
It is designed to help you learn more about yourself, as you embark upon your application journey.
After taking the assessment, you will receive results that will shed light on some of your strengths and weaknesses in light of your leadership potential.
The Leadership Assessment is mandatory.
As part of the application, you will be asked to reflect on what you have learned by taking the test in the “getting to know you” section.

The ALU Academic Application
The application is designed to allow for a holistic selection process that takes into account your academic background as well as leadership potential and fit.
It is important that you take your time when filling out the application and think about why ALU is the best school for you and why you might be a great addition to the ALU community.
Getting in touch with the school’s local recruitment reps on the continent, attending informative sessions, or even speaking to our alumni and current students are all great ways to prepare for your application.

General Details
The General Details section is a really short section designed to collect information about your mode of study (visiting or full-time student) as well as your ability to submit your official Secondary examination or A-level equivalent results before the beginning of the program.
In addition, candidates will be asked to indicate your preferred degree program amongst other short questions.
**Please keep in mind that year abroad students might require credit transfer, whereas gap year students don’t.

Education History
Candidates are expected to talk about their secondary education to date, as well as any post-secondary education you have pursued, such as a university or vocational school.
This section helps our admissions team determine if you are academically qualified to study at ALU.

Getting To Know You
This is your opportunity to shine, help us understand your unique story, and what you might bring to the ALU community other than your academic qualifications.
There are no wrong answers to the 5 questions asked. However, do take your time in thinking about what an appropriate response might look like.
100 words is not a lot. Being concise but descriptive is key.

The $1 Impact Challenge
This section allows students to showcase their leadership potential as well as critical thinking skills.
Candidates are recommended to think a bit about the problems that they think can be improved in their community and how their strengths can help them to tackle one of these issues specifically.
In this section, candidates help the school to understand how various parts are connected when looking at the solution to the problem they have identified.
Be as creative as possible when proposing how $1 could be the catalyst for the change you want to create.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are asked to submit 2 contact details that will be used to request letters of recommendation on their behalf. The recommenders will be asked to complete a recommendation form that is designed to collect more information on your academic and leadership potential as well as unique character traits that define you as an individual.
Be sure to think a little bit about who, outside of your circle of family and friends, knows you well enough to help us to get to know you better. An ideal recommender would be someone who you have a formal relationship with and has known you for an extended period of time such that they can speak about your strengths and weaknesses.
It is important that you advise your recommenders as soon as possible of their involvement in your application process so that they can complete your letters of recommendation right away and confirm that they have received our request form.
You may wish to provide your recommenders with the following template click here in order for them to prepare.
**Please also keep in mind that your recommendations are part of the application. Hence, you will not be able to submit your application until your recommenders complete their recommendations forms. You will be notified once that is done.
**Should you need to change your recommenders, you will also have the option of doing so.

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Kigali is the capital, and the largest city, of Rwanda. Kigali has been the country’s economic, cultural and transport hub since becoming the capital in 1962. The city was founded in 1907 by German explorer Richard Kandt.

Kandt chose to make Kigali his headquarters when he was appointed the lead Resident of the former German colony. The entry of Indian traders in 1908 into the city all.. more

Kigali is the capital, and the largest city, of Rwanda. Kigali has been the country’s economic, cultural and transport hub since becoming the capital in 1962. The city was founded in 1907 by German explorer Richard Kandt.

Kandt chose to make Kigali his headquarters when he was appointed the lead Resident of the former German colony. The entry of Indian traders in 1908 into the city allowed for the beginning of commercial activity in Rwanda.

During World War I Belgian forces took control of Rwanda and were later granted sovereignty by a League of Nations mandate in 1919. Belgium initially attempted to sideline the monarchy, but it backfired. It was only during the 1920s that they succeeded in wresting control from the monarchy.

Kigali remained a small town under Belgian rule, and it only started to grow after independence in 1962, although it still maintained its small-town feel right into the 1970s.

Kigali has been the theatre of two major incidents in Rwanda’s history, first with the bloodless military coup of 1973 that saw Juvenal Habyarimana rise to power, and then with the assassination of the later in 1994 when his plane was shot down near Kigali Airport, an incident that was the catalyst for the Rwandan Civil War and genocide that followed.

The Rwandan genocide was a mass slaughter of Tutsi, Twa and moderate Hutu in Rwanda between April and July 1994, following the outbreak of the Rwandan Civil War between the army and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

The genocide caused the death of close to a million Tutsi in well-planned attacks on the orders of the interim government. The city was the site of fierce battles between both forces, but by July 4th, 1994, a date now commemorated as the Liberation Day national holiday, the RPF had taken control of Kigali, ending the civil war.

Although the city had been badly damaged by the fighting, its structure has mostly been recovered today, and it is in a constant state of evolution. Noteworthy is the fact that the city is heavily defined by the genocide, and every major development in Kigali since then can be traced to the aftermath of the tragedy.

Kigali has a temperate tropical highland climate, with lower temperatures than are typical for equatorial countries because of its elevation. Average temperatures vary between 12 and 27 degrees Celsius all through the year. The total population of Kigali is over 1 million, with an urban population of over 850000.

Although the city lost a large fraction of its population during the genocide, returning refugees resettled in the city, and thanks to high-birth rate and increased rural-urban migration, the population observed a rapid growth spike.

Although the 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda’s fragile economic base, impoverished the population, particularly women, and temporarily stalled the country’s ability to attract private and external investment, Rwanda has made substantial progress in stabilizing and rehabilitating its economy well beyond pre-1994 levels, and Kigali has been at the centre of this progress.

GDP has rebounded with an average annual growth of 6%-8% since 2003 and inflation has been reduced to single digits. In 2015, 39% of the population lived below the poverty line, according to government statistics, compared to 57% in 2006.

The first modern Special Economic Zone was completed in the city in 2017, and since then it has made contributed greatly to strengthening Rwanda’s industrial sector and diversifying exports.

Kigali is often lauded as Africa’s cleanest city. The country’s 2008 ban on non-biodegradable plastic is often mentioned as a cause. Another is that on the last Saturday of every month, people across the country commit time to projects aimed at improving the country’s public spaces, in a mandatory practice called Umuganda — loosely translated as “coming together to achieve a common purpose”.

In May 2018, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranked the capital as the third most popular conference and event destination on the continent, after Cape Town in South Africa, and Casablanca of Morocco, taking into account the country’s capacity to accommodate international meetings and events, together with landmark infrastructures such as a modern airport and a state-of-the-art conference centre.

Kigali is the hub of the Rwanda transport network, with 15 minutes express bus routes to all major towns in the country. The city is the seat of the University of Rwanda, the University of Kigali and several renowned universities with headquarters in the city like the African Leadership University, Adventist University of Central Africa and Mount Kenya University.

The reputation of the city serves as a major selling point in convincing students considering further education in the city.

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