On May 9th, 2017, opening ceremony of Korea-Rwanda Information Access Center had held in University of Rwanda, college of education in Rwanda, Kigali. Minister of Education, H.E Papias Musafili Malimba, Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda, Philip Cotton, Director general of Ministry of Youth & ICT, Claudette Irere, Vice president of NIA, Hyeon-Kon Kim, and 70 guests of students and communities have made their presence in the opening ceremony.
Korea-Rwanda Information Access center provides access to Internet, includes an internet lounge for students and local residents to use for ICT education purposes and a seminar room to hold seminars and events.
According to the Minister of Education, H.E Papias Musafili Malimba, Korea-Rwanda IAC is expected to benefit students, and the nearby communities, and boost quality of education. "This new facility will not only help citizens of Rwanda to communicate with the world via internet, but will also enhance ICT capability of young innovators and facilitate them to come up with suitable ICT solutions for the education sector. We want it to become an innovation hub for education."
Hyeon-Kon Kim, senior Vice President of NIA mentioned "Korea-Rwanda IAC will contribute enabling the local people to communicate freely with the world through the Internet and also significantly enhance digital literacy of the region". He also added "Especially, Korea-Rwanda IAC will play a pivotal role in shaping various innovations into reality such as playground for start-ups and pilot labs for smart technology with advanced ICT development."
NIA has established 50 centers around the world since 2002, and have supported their operations. Recently, NIA has partnered with education institutes in Korea as well as international organizations to provide content sharing platforms that will bring high quality lectures and education contents on ICT to IAC users.