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Report on Students Studying Abroad Under Government Scholarship

INTRODUCTION

The rapid socio-economic transformation of Rwanda has been possible through implementation of ambitious projects, particularly in the areas of energy, infrastructure and ICT. However, one of the identified challenges is the limited pool of skilled national workforce needed to efficiently execute those projects, hence leading to heavy reliance on costly imported labor force, with little or limited knowledge transfer necessary for any long-term national skills development.

The above mentioned issue, coupled with the existing mismatch (in both quality and quantity) between the required skills and those supplied by the Rwanda formal education system, has triggered a number of positive actions encouraging skills development and education of young Rwandans through studies in targeted priority fields undertaken abroad using Government scholarships.

However, in the process of addressing the identified skills gaps, one of the key issues which needed to be tackled is the evaluation, as well as impact assessment, of the very instrumental scholarship allocation program. It is in this line that NCST, in collaboration with various stakeholders, has investigated the matter with the ultimate objective of finding appropriate mechanisms which can facilitate efficient use of skills acquired by students who have been trained and graduated abroad under the Government scholarship program.

To achieve the above mentioned objective, NCST first of all conducted this baseline study with the aim of assessing the currently available skills, as well as those which will potentially be produced abroad in the near future through Government scholarship. It is envisioned that, through strategic placement and career development of the identified trained human capital, such a baseline study is used to inform more in-depth studies which aim at matching the supplied skills with well-identified skills gaps.

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