President Paul Kagame along with the President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Ted N. C. Wilson, inaugurated the Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa.
This comes only three years after the ground breaking, which the President also attended.
The US$16 million complex was inaugurated as the Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrates a hundred-year presence in Rwanda.
The Adventist church has built a strong congregation in Eastern and Central African Division: Burundi, Djibouti, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan Tanzania and Uganda.
The newly inaugurated Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa is not the church’s first foray in either Health or Education, it is the seventh Adventist medical school in the world and the second in Africa after Nigeria.
The Masoro Campus of the Adventist University of Central Africa, one of the oldest and most respected private universities in Rwanda is part of the institution’s investments which include 12 Hospitals and 166 clinics in East and Central Africa.
Dr. Mpfizi Ngaboyishema Jean, the Vice- Director of the Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa said that the reason the Adventist Church choose Rwanda to build its second School of Medicine in Africa, is due to the good working relationship with the government of Rwanda.
‘’The Adventist church as a whole trust our country, it shows in different investments the church makes in Rwanda, be it in faith related activities, in education, in health and in development,” he said.
In his address, Ted Wilson emphased the importance of the good working relationship they have with the government.
“We were trying to build something smaller, like a nursing school maybe, but overtime and through the providence of God and the facilitation of the President’s office and government, it has transformed into a School of Medicine,” he said.
President Kagame thanked the Seventh Day Adventist church for a hundred years of serving the spiritual and social needs of Rwandans, and congratulated the church for fulfilling their pledge of establishing a Medical school that serves Rwanda and the entire region.
He also committed to provide land and additional funding to make sure that the Teaching Hospital, that is part of the second phase of construction, comes about sooner than later.
“We are going to partner with you and make sure that the Teaching Hospital is realized faster than anyone thought, we will find land and we will also find money to add to what you will have already collected,” Kagame said.
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The Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa will be the third medical school in Rwanda in addition to the University of Global Health Equity and the University of Rwanda.
“When we put our talents and specialised knowledge at the service of others, the gift of education is multiplied many times over. That is what the doctors trained here are expected to do,” the President noted.
The University is therefore contributing to a brighter future for Rwanda and the region, he said. “Thank you for sharing our vision, having faith in Rwanda’s future and accompanying us on our journey of national transformation.”