University of Rwanda

Partner-universities-UR01The University of Rwanda (UR) is the result of a recent merger of all previously independent public universities in the country. Formed in 2013, it hosts over 30,000 students on 14 campuses. Almost 1,500 academics and more than 800 Support and administrative staff work in its 6 colleges (business & economics, education, medicine & health sciences, science & Technology, arts & social sciences, and agriculture, animal sciences & veterinary medicine).

The university’s mission is to support the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge, and it sets out to educate the next generation of leaders who are prepared and dedicated to building a more just and sustainable world.

GEI has a long tradition of academic partnerships with the UR and its independent predecessors. As early as 2007, the two organizations benefited from regular exchanges and collaboration programs. Today, we have a comprehensive academic partnership agreement and enjoy regular joined programming, conferences, research projects and other forms of collaboration.


Ministry of Health

Rwanda48The Ministry of Health’s mission is to provide and continually improve the health services of the Rwandan population through the provision of preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare, thereby contributing to the reduction of poverty and enhancing the general well-being of the population.

GEI has supported capacity development in key strategic areas such as neonatal care, infection prevention & control and emergency cardiac care since 2011 in a growing partnership with the Ministry.


Rwanda Development Bank

BRDThe Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) aims to support Rwanda’s development by availing financing and advisory services to impactful entrepreneurs in key priority sectors, such as energy, exports, education, agriculture and housing. Its portfolio encompasses more than 100 high potential small and medium enterprises.

BRD and GEI have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby GEI supports the bank’s advisory arm and helps to provide technical assistance to its clients.


Nyamirambo Women’s Center

The Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC) is a Rwandan NGO that was launched in 2007 by 18 Rwandan women living in Nyamirambo, a colorful suburb of Kigali. Together they created a project which aimed to address gender-based violence, gender inequality and discrimination. Today, NWC’s mission is to provide education and vocational training to women who do not have the means to pay for such training on their own, so that they can gain better opportunities for employment. In 2013, NWC launched the product line “Umutima”, which means “heart” in Kinyarwanda. With this project, NWC trains and employs women from the community to create a large variety of women’s accessories, children’s clothing, and home decor products. At the moment, there are over 50 women employed by Umutima as seamstresses. Umutima and NWC have grown into a unique, self-sustaining model where the profits earned through Umutima are used to fund NWC initiatives, in addition to providing benefits and a fair wage to the seamstresses.

GEI has had substantial impact on NWC’s success since the very beginning. One of the first income-generating measures was a community-based tourism initiative co-founded by GEI that would allow tourists to visit the exciting Nyamirambo on a unique walking exploration, guided by an NWC member. Home lunch opportunities followed. Today, GEI is further expanding its collaboration with NWC which is becoming a hub for GEI’s Women & Leadership service-learning program.


King Faisal Hospital

Rwanda48King Faisal Hospital (KFH) is the leading multidisciplinary specialist hospital in Rwanda. It focuses on clinical excellence, efficiency and quality in service delivery. In the effort to avail the best medical care, it has assembled a prominent group of medical specialists, including physicians, surgeons, nursing professionals and technicians, enriched with international experience. The hospital currently has a 160-bed capacity and offers 34 specialist services. As a result, it has made a significant contribution to reducing the number of cases referred to centers outside of Rwanda.

GEI and KFH have signed a comprehensive memorandum of understanding and regular collaborate in different areas.


Ministry of Justice

Programs19The Ministry of Justice seeks to organize and oversee the promotion of the rule of law and justice for all in Rwanda. With just over 600 lawyers in the entire country, most of whom are relatively young and inexperienced, the country has an advocate-to-population ratio of 1 to over 16,000 citizens (compared to ratios of 1 to 265 in the USA or 1 to 401 in the UK). Capacity and skills development for both official and private institutions are key needs, especially when it comes to developing and implementing new elements of the common law system that was recently introduced.

To help bridge this tremendous gap, the GEI has helped the Ministry develop legal capacity for government lawyers through a legal capacity development program under a memorandum of understanding.


Muhanga District

Muhanga District is located in the geographic heart of Rwanda, and its administrative center is Gitarama, Rwanda’s second city. Key development priorities include the promotion of entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, agricultural development and environmental protection, education, and social protection.

GEI’s partnership with the District initially grew out of the sister city relationship between Muhanga and Buffalo, the home of one of GEI’s key international partners, SUNY-Buffalo State. Current collaboration mainly focuses on the development of teacher capacity in the District’s schools, and there is talk to also include interventions in entrepreneurship and leadership in the future.

One of the District’s civil society organizations, Urukundo Village founded and run by the indefatigable Arlene Brown, is an additional partner in areas such as education.


New Vision Veterinary Hospital

New Vision Veterinary Hospital (NVVH) is the first private veterinary company with veterinary laboratory services in Rwanda. It aims at improving animal welfare by providing services to clients (farmers and pet owners) and other veterinarians. It also offers services such as the supply of veterinary drugs and animal hospitalization. Education is an essential factor in NVVH’s mission to improve animal welfare. As a result, it organizes workshops and seminars for veterinarians where participants exchange experiences and challenges in order to continue their profession with a higher knowledge and understanding of animal welfare. As for farmers, NVVH offers training programs about animal husbandry and prevention of diseases.

GEI has a long history of collaboration with the founders of NVVH. At the moment, we are further exploring opportunities to support NVVH directly – through partnerships with academic institutions and the development of joint service-learning programs and internships.


Wellspring Foundation

Programs20The Wellspring Foundation is a catalyst for transforming education for hundreds of thousands of African children and fostering vibrant communities that address poverty in all its forms. Its signature program in Rwanda is the School Development Program in Gasabo District, a massive investment in capacity development within 48 rural and urban school communities. The Program supports 96 head teachers and deputies, 260+ teachers to be trained as multipliers, 800+ additional teachers given basic training, 13 sector education officers, and 120 members of parent-teacher committees.

GEI has joined hands with Wellspring in the development of teacher capacity through its drama-based education program, in partnership with the Anne Frank Project at SUNY-Buffalo State.



Project Vietnam Foundation

Programs13Project Vietnam Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and healthcare of people living in underserved rural communities of Vietnam. It provides free healthcare services throughout the country, medical training of local healthcare professionals, and advocacy to reform government healthcare policies.

GEI supports Project Vietnam Foundation’s work in the areas of newborn care and emergency cardiac care by providing capacity development workshops in selected provincial and district hospitals.


University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City

Established in 1976, the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) is one of the 15 key national universities of Vietnam and a member of The Best 1,000 Business Schools in the World. Since its inception, the school has been a renowned center of scientific research in Vietnam, providing undergraduate and postgraduate education for students from Vietnam as well as neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Today, it provides graduate and postgraduate education (master and doctoral programs) to over 50,000 students per year.

UEH particularly recognizes the importance of academic and scientific cooperation and exchange, the development of international educational partnerships with reputable universities and organizations, the creation of a cross-cultural English language campus environment for students and faculty members, and the joint organization of international workshops and conferences. In this regard, GEI and UEH have launched extensive collaboration with joint service-learning and consulting abroad projects, guest lectures and research projects.


Hoa Sen University

Vietnam44Hoa Sen University (HSU) is a leading private not-for-profit university that highlights the spirit of humanity and works towards comprehensive internationalization across the campus. Student and faculty exchange programs, overseas internships, availability of courses offered in English, and joint degree programs with international partners contribute to the aspiration of bringing the world to HSU.

The comprehensive partnership agreement of HSU and GEI focuses on joint accredited short courses for international students as well as collaboration in women’s leadership and social entrepreneurship.


Eurasia Foundation / Seeds of Happiness

Eurasia Foundation is a leading special education association in Central Vietnam. Through its curative education concepts, it aims to serve children and youths livings with disabilities. The priorities include the development and social integration of mentally and physically disabled individuals and children, and the development of curative education and social therapy (within the meaning of social care for disabled adults). Since 1999, Eurasia has built 7 schools and special classes as well as vocational training centers and an old peoples home. It is also organizing a variety of training courses in Vietnam and hosts a one-year course in special education at Hue University.

“Seeds of Happiness” is a young network of trainers and practitioners who promote happiness and compassion in the field of education and business in Vietnam. Created in 2014, the project responds to an over-emphasis on the education of the head and a neglect on the education of the heart. The network’s main activities are to provide training in happiness and compassion, develop courses on social and emotional learning for students, and organize workshops and retreats. In this regard, Seeds of Happiness regularly partners with Eurasia Foundation.

GEI has started to support the activities of Eurasia and Seeds of Happiness by bringing specialist training opportunities to Vietnam. This particularly includes the collaboration with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion which hosts its Mindful Self-Compassion training retreats with Seeds of Happiness.


Southern Institute of Social Sciences

Part of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, the Ho Chi Minh City-based Southern Institute of Social Sciences is the region’s main research, planning and policy advice institution in the field of social sciences. Among others, it is responsible to provide the scientific grounds for the regional sustainable development strategy planning and policy making.

GEI collaborates with the Southern Institute primarily in the area of women’s leadership.



Amani Counselling Centre and Training Institute

Amani Counselling Centre and Training Institute (ACCTI) is the oldest and most established counseling service provider in Kenya and the wider East African region. Since 1979, it has provided direct clinical services across the country in multiple areas of counseling and psychological support for caregivers in the community. It works towards professionally facilitating the realization of holistic individuals, communities and organizations in Kenya and beyond. It also offers training in counseling as well as in social work and community development. Additionally, for those who cannot undergo long-term training, it develops various seminars, workshops and outreach programs.

Amani and GEI collaborate on training retreats such as Mindful Self-Compassion.



The Brackenhurst campus is an international learning center, idyllically situated on one hundred acres, only 20km from Nairobi. The property has multiple classroom and lecture facilities, as well as accommodation and dining capabilities to cater for up to 270 guests. The campus is nestled within a restored African forest and internationally recognized botanical garden, providing a wide range of “real world laboratory” opportunities and the ideal Kenyan base for learning in virtually any field. Brackenhurst is also connected to Woodland Star International School as well as the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, one of the private conservancies of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

GEI is collaborating with Brackenhurst and its partners on various programs and using it as a base for training retreats.



Africa University of Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development

Partner-universities-UR01The Africa University of Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development (AUGCYD) started as the Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa, an inter-governmental non-profit organization established in 1994. It seeks to develop and institutionalize guidance, counseling and youth development services as non-academic support with needs of girls as a special focus. The ultimate aim is to give both girls and boys the information and skills necessary to handle complex social issues that are part of their daily life. AUGCYD desires to build capacity – especially through a training of trainers approach – to address issues affecting girls and boys in Africa. These include HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual & reproductive health, alcohol & drug abuse, outdoor education & recreation, ICT, enterprise education, and youth leadership.

AUGCYD is GEI’s main partner for the development of capacity in counseling in Malawi.