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Rwanda’s youngest government minister

Equity and Merit

At 30, new Rwandan Minister for Transport, Jean de Dieu ‘Jado’ Uwihanganye is the youngest ever minister in the country and a hugely successful project manager.

None of this would have been possible without the backing of an Equity and Merit scholarship from The University of Manchester. The unique scheme assists talented, disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries.

The University covered his tuition fees, while his living costs were generously funded by donors, the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust.

Studying abroad was not an option that was open to Jado as both of his parents are subsistence farmers.

But thanks to his outstanding academic results and dedication to supporting development in his home country, Jado was accepted onto the MSc Management of Projects (Construction) at Manchester.

Jean de Dieu ‘Jado’ Uwihanganye