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Last modified: September 4, 2014, 12:55 PM
Akilah is a college that offers a unique model of market-relevant education empowering graduates for success in professional careers and leadership roles.
Akilah aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. Akilah will graduate 1,000 students by the year 2020.
Akilah Institute for Women is a college with campuses in Rwanda and Burundi that connects young women to economic opportunity. We work closely with our partners in government, civil society, and the private sector to deliver a market-relevant curriculum that prepares our graduates to move directly into professional careers and leadership roles. We focus on three of the fastest-growing industries in East Africa today: entrepreneurship, hospitality management, and information systems. Our results prove the value of our model: a 95% job placement rate upon graduation.
But it's not only about delivering education that makes sense in the current job market. The other component of our success is a nurturing environment that provides a space where young women can heal some of the trauma of their past and gain the confidence to lead. Our students undergo a visible transformation during their three years on campus. Many enter as timid, uncertain young women from rural Rwanda and Burundi. But during their time at Akilah, their knowledge and self-esteem grow, and they graduate as determined, empowered, confident professionals, ready to launch meaningful careers, improve their earning potential, take control over their own lives, and reinvest in their families and their country.