Carnegie Mellon To Open Branch Campus In Rwanda. The Wall Street Journal (9/15, Wonacott, Subscription Publication) reports that Carnegie Mellon University will open a branch campus in Rwanda in 2012. The Chronicle of Higher Education (9/15, Wilhelm) reports, "The Pittsburgh-based institution will be the first American university to operate a full-fledged campus in Africa, said Kevin Kinser, co-director of the Cross-Border Education Research Team at the State University of New York at Albany, which tracks branch campuses worldwide. 'Africa is clearly an underserved region for international-branch campuses,' said Mr. Kinser, who is an associate professor in the university's department of educational administration and policy studies. The continent's educational needs are great, but the financing of large African programs is a challenge," Kinser added. The university "is receiving $95-million over 10 years from the Rwandan government to operate the program, which will start next year and initially offer master's degrees in information technology and in electrical and computer engineering. The university expects to enroll 40 students at first, eventually expanding to 150 by 2017."