In the tranquil, majestic landscape of rural northern Rwanda, an ambitious vision is beginning to take shape that promises to transform medical education, research, and treatment in resource-poor settings.
Design is now underway for the first phase of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) campus in Butaro, giving form to the vision that Paul Farmer and Partners In Health have advanced for three decades. Building on that experience and leveraging the unique expertise of Rwanda’s health sector, UGHE will train the next generation of global health leaders from around the world. UGHE is also a strategic move in economic terms for Rwanda, a country whose strength lies in leveraging its intellectual capital into a regional force.
Last month, Partners In Health welcomed 26 students who make up the inaugural class of the university’s Master of Science in Global Health Delivery program. With the launch of the program, the next step is the development of the university campus.
Drawing on its depth of healthcare and education design expertise, Shepley Bulfinch is leading the project team, overseeing design, programming, and planning, with partners MASS Design Group (housing design and landscape); Mazzetti (engineers); JM Engineering (structural engineers); and Oak Consulting Group (civil engineers).
The first phase of the UGHE Butaro campus is scheduled to begin construction early in 2016, with a projected completion for the start of the academic year in the fall of 2018. It begins the implementation of the UGHE master plan, which Shepley Bulfinch completed for Partners In Health in 2014.