March 5th, a lunch was organized at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, as a showcase for the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) RSIF initiative. From Kigali to Dakar, many people have joined to reflect on the initiative, such as the RSIF scholars, faculty at the African Host Universities (AHU), World Bank members and others. The main objective of the event was to highlight the experiences from six young and bright African Ph.D. students, members of the first cohort of RSIF scholars from across the continent, who are currently studying in Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) as a part of their scholarship program. In addition to hearing from the Ph.D. students, African governments, universities, and donors (World Bank and Korea) shared their thoughts and support for the initiative.
The Ambassadors and representatives of contributing countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Senegal, and RSIF donors (World Bank and Korea) were present for this exciting moment. The dynamism and the research topics of the students instilled hope and optimism for the future and we can’t thank them enough for that.