Mapendo Mindje, A Student, Staff and Alumni of the UR is selected to represent students in the Talloires Network Steering Committee.

Mapendo Mindje is a student and teaching staff at the University of Rwanda and level one-CAVM Programme coordinator. He is currently pursuing his Masters at the University of Rwanda in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management. He completed his undergraduate studies in the Former Umutara Polytechnic, now University of Rwanda-Nyagatare Campus.  At the age of 27 now, Mapendo has been selected to represent all students of the Talloires Network to the Networks’ steering committee for a period of two years commencing June 2017. 

picture of Mapendo

The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.

Started in Talloires, France in 2005, the Network believes that higher education institutions do not exist in isolation from society, nor from the communities in which they are located.  It envisions universities around the world as a vibrant and dynamic force in their societies, incorporating civic engagement and community service into their research and teaching mission. 

The University of Rwanda Joined the Talloires Network in 2013 and today the Network has up to 367 universities in 77 different countries of the world.  The Steering committee is the top management organ of the Talloires Network. (

After completion of his undergraduate studies, he was trained by Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE-Rwanda), and later become a Facilitator in various trainings in Leadership and Entrepreneurship organized SEE Project, supported by Youth Economic Programme Initiative (YEPI), of the Talloires Network. The SEE headquarter is at UR-Nyagatare Campus. Dr. James Gashumba is the SEE Project Principal Investigator and Mr. Paul Sserumaga, also a staff of UR, is the SEE Project Manager.

The Goals of the TN are to expand higher education civic engagement programs through teaching, research, and public service, apply higher education standards of excellence and peer review to community engagement, foster partnerships between institutions of higher education and communities to empower groups and individuals to tackle societal issues and shape the future of higher education and to Facilitate the creation of regional networks of universities dedicated to civic engagement. 

Mr. Mapendo Mindje from University of Rwanda will be working for a two years term alongside with Abigail Gomez from Universidad Veracruzana located in Mexico. The two students’ representatives in the TN steering committee will start their assignments in June 2017 after being launched to the network in the Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC 2017) to be held in Xalapa, Veracruz in Mexico from 19th to 25th June, 2017.


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