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Solange Uwituze
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career. She grew up in a French-speaking home in
olange Uwituze is driven to give back.
Rwanda, and longed to head to the United States to
After six years studying in the United
improve her English and learn the American way
States, there was no doubt as to where she
of life. "I was fascinated by the way they do things,
was headed when she graduated in 2011 with a
the work ethic, the determination," she says.
doctorate degree in animal sciences from Kansas
She also was drawn by the fact that U.S. society
State University.
is relatively flat, rather than hierarchical, and "that
She returned to her native Rwanda, where she
allows people to be judged by their performance,"
taught in the Agriculture Department of the Unishe says.
versity of Rwanda.
Uwituze graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's
While she might have been able to remain in the
of science degree in agriculture from what was
United States "and maybe get a big paycheck, life
then known as the National University of Rwanda,
is bigger than a paycheck," says Uwituze. "There's a
and then held positions in research and at the university, including
sense of fulfillment in giving back to the community."
She's done that through her work in her homeland, striving to working as academic secretary in the Faculty of Agriculture at the
educate and motivate young people. She also done that through her National University of Rwanda.
She headed to the United States in 2005 as a Fulbright scholar.
work in the region, which is designed to build connections among
Her first stop was the University of California-Davis, where she
university agricultural programs.
After her return from the United States, Uwituze was selected to spent eight months, polishing her English skills and earning certifiserve as dean in the Faculty of Agriculture. She was the first female cates for her English proficiency.
Her next stop was Kansas State University, where she earned a
dean ever appointed in the history of the National University of
Rwanda, which was founded more than a half-century ago. In 2013 master's degree in animal sciences in 2008 and a doctorate in animal
the university was merged with other public institutions of higher sciences in 2011.
While she was attending Kansas State University, she worked as
education to form the University of Rwanda.
She moved from her position at the university last year and is on a graduate research assistant and then as manager of the preharvest
a three-year leave of absence to work with the Regional Universities food safety laboratory, overseeing the lab and training and supervisForum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) based at ing undergraduates who were working on research projects.
In her own research she looked at ways Rwanda, a small country
Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where she is responsible
the size of Maryland with a population of 12 million, can make use
for the training and quality assurance of the program.
of the best agricultural production techniques
The RUFORUM program brings together
to use the country's limited land most effec46 universities from 22 sub-Saharan African
tively and decrease the competition between
countries to build the capacity of highly skilled
humans and livestock for the sparse land that
Africans who are active in innovative research
is available.
and community outreach. It's designed to develThat helps in contributing to food security,
op the skills of graduate students in agriculture,
and also aids in wealth creation. At the same
with the goal of eradicating poverty in Africa.
time, it contributes to peacemaking, she says,
RUFORUM has adapted the land-grant
by reducing the likelihood of conflict over land.
university model that exists in the United
After her return to Rwanda in 2011, she
States and works to "proactively solve real-life
served as a lecturer in the agriculture departproblems and to acquire new knowledge and
ment at the National University of Rwanda, and
conceptualize it in a manner that is critical for
was quickly assigned administrative responsitransforming Africa," she says.
Solange Uwituze, a native of Rwanda,
bilities, including serving as head of the animal
It also supports academic mobility to make returned to her home and now is
in Uganda working for a regional
production department; being appointed vice
the most of human resources and infrastructure universities consortium to improve
that are in short supply at African universities. educational quality. Here, she is teaching dean for research, consultancy, and postgradudata management class to graduate
ate programs; and then being named dean of
The U.S. educational system and culture astudents
at the University of Venda in
the Faculty of Agriculture in 2012.
have had a great influence on Uwituze's life and South Africa.



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Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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