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School of Law graduate from Rwanda hopes to aid his country’s revival

(19 December 2017)

A School of Law master’s graduate who survived the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda is set to make a big difference to his country, after his study was made possible by the generous funding of a donor to the University’s Equity and Merit Scholarship programme.

Despite a difficult start to life, Emmanuel’s academic talents meant that he progressed through secondary school with flying colours, and he eventually graduated from The University of Rwanda with a first-class law degree in 2014.

After reading about The University of Manchester’s Equity & Merit programme on the internet, he successfully applied for a scholarship paid for by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust to study for a master’s degree in commercial law. The scheme - unique to Manchester - covers the fees and expenses of exceptional students from Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania who have a desire and a plan to benefit their home countries.

Emmanuel is now a lawyer and is teaching at his old university in Rwanda. He is the only member of staff there with a master’s in international business and commercial law – which has given him skills and expertise that he sees as essential to help his country to continue its post-war revival.

He said: “I am so grateful that I was able to study in Manchester, and the knowledge that I gained there has enabled me to develop an advanced understanding of international laws governing commerce and finance. This has made an enormous positive impact on my own professional development as an academic, and has also been hugely beneficial for the development of the profession in my home country.”

  • Read the full story, and hear Emmanuel speak about his experience at Manchester, on the School of Law website.