ALU Rwanda: The Good and The Not So Good

Hello Wild Ones🌹🌹,

I hope you are doing awesome and taking great care of yourself. My prayer is that you are prioritizing yourself and setting clear boundaries. I am a little off today but I have a journal and a bag full of self-love.

After mentioning that I am a student at African Leadership University in my article about entrepreneurship, I have been getting a lot of questions about my school and at this point, it’s getting tiresome to be an unpaid marketer of ALU (not that I don’t want to help you guys) It’s just my school is not my favorite topic🙀🙀. Anyway, let’s get to it.

African Leadership University was founded by Fred Swaniker with the aim of building ethical and revolutionary African Leaders. The learning model at ALU is very different from traditional education. This model puts you at the driver’s seat of your education and gives you platforms to practice what you learn in school. It is in two locations, Mauritius and Rwanda. I am going to be talking about Rwanda because that’s my experience.

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The Good

  • Diversity– ALU has more than 37 nationals from around Africa. This allows you to experience different cultures all in one place. It’s really fun to more about different countries through their people.
  • Opportunities– ALU offers great opportunities to students through their career development program, student ventures program, and guest relations. The school is not only always sharing opportunities with us but also equipping us with the skills to get those opportunities. For example, every year our school chooses a group of students to mentor as they do their Hult Prize project and also partially help them financially. They also nurture the spirit of looking for opportunities and always going at them. Most ALU students are always hunting for opportunities to make a better Africa and career in fact we have a Whatsapp group for this. We also often frequently going to Opportunity Desk and Opportunity for Africans to find more opportunities.
  • Challenging– ALU creates spaces that challenge your thinking and encourage you to have an educated opinion about stuff and be able to talk about it. Before I went to ALU, I was very timid and as much as I was almost ‘woke’, being in ALU helped me find my voice and learn to speak out more. I also felt challenged to improve my skills because I met really exceptional people who had really amazing things and I just wanted to be like them so I started to work harder.
  • Networking– ALU invites a lot of high profile people and CEOs to mentor and gives us talks. They make sure that we know how to network and make the most of a conversation. This practice has led me to gain more confidence in approaching people for opportunities and also helped me meet people I never dreamt of meeting.
  • Practicability – Most of the things taught in an ALU are practical in fact most of the time our examinations are often testing our ability to apply the theory. This comes in form of case studies that we are supposed to solve for example: In projects, we had real clients present an issue in their company and then expect us to come up with a solution.

Not so Good

  • Competition- Competition at ALU can get toxic. I have seen people photoshop themselves in some country so that they can claim they went for a conference there or got some awards. Some people also result in fabricating awards and projects just to look like they are doing something.
  • It’s a nonresidential campus ALU Rwanda as of the publishing of this article, doesn’t have a residential facility. The school arranges for accommodation by subletting a hotel to students, and that’s it. This means that it can get tough to get excellent accommodation while in school if you are an international student.
  • Hectic- ALU is not for the fainthearted. It is a fast-paced place, so you better be ready to always have tight deadlines and lots of group assignments.
  • It’s a start-up– This means that ALU has a lot of room for improvement in so many areas and if you are like me, coming from a thirty-year-old university, it is very easy to get frustrated by the state of affairs. But the good thing is that you get to be the one starting the new things that you believe that the school might be lacking.


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11 Comments Add yours

  1. PoojaG says:

    Very interesting post! It sounds like a good place but I can see how not having a proper residence can be a problem for students especially international students.

    1. jackie says:

      True. Thank you for reading.

      1. PoojaG says:

        You’re welcome.

  2. judeitakali says:

    Way to put a positive spin and see the opportunity. That’s really impressive of you Jackie

    1. jackie says:

      Thank you❤️❤️❤️

      1. judeitakali says:

        Pleasure 💕

  3. Seems like an amazing school Jackie! But they really need to fix up dormitories for students. That’s priority. Please remember, be motivated and not ashamed by the competition especially the photoshop ones. LOL!

    1. jackie says:

      Thank you for reading 🧡 🧡

      1. You’re very welcome

  4. What an amazing experience!! Congrats!

    1. jackie says:

      🧡 🧡

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