ABOUT US

The Akilah Institute is a college for women in East Africa offering a unique model of market-relevant education that enables young women to achieve economic independence and obtain leadership roles in the workplace and in society.
TARGET STUDENT

Exceptional young East African women who show passion for the Akilah educational experience, potential to succeed in the classroom and the workplace, and fit our criteria for academic excellence

THE AKILAH MODEL

Our market-relevant curriculum includes active learning, technology integration, leadership development, english immersion, community service, & career preparation

SUCCESS CRITERIA

At least 80% of alumnae enter into professional careers within 6 months of graduation; Job retention tracked at 6- and 12- month intervals; Advancement to management roles and income changes tracked on a sampling basis

ULTIMATE GOAL

Akilah builds future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses

Why women?

Educating young women is the wisest and most effective investment a developing country can make.
Akilah Women: Change Makers

In East Africa, there is a profound gap between the education system and the human capital needs of the new booming private sector. Businesses complain regularly of a poorly trained and inadequate workforce, and yet 85% of women still work in subsistence agriculture, living on less than $2 per day. Only 1% of the population enters university, and less than one-third of those students are female. Clearly, there is a disconnect between what employers want and what the education system supplies. Akilah acts as the bridge connecting underemployed, high-potential young women to jobs in the fastest-growing sectors of the economy.

  • WOMEN

    reinvest 90%of their earnings back into their families, compared to 30-40% for men

  • EACH YEAR

    of schooling boosts an African woman’s wages by 10-20%

  • YET ONLY

    1% of the population enters college, and less than 1/3 of those are female

  • BUT AKILAH WOMEN

    have 90% job placement within 6 months of graduation

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academic majors

Our three majors were developed specifically in response to current employer demands in East Africa
Information Systems
Akilah’s three-year Diploma in Information Systems provides students with the expertise to become tech leaders and innovators in global business. Students learn essential analytical and design skills and master the use of software systems.
Entrepreneurship
Akilah’s three-year Diploma in Entrepreneurship provides an in-depth understanding of business management and the key technical skills needed to succeed in business.
Hospitality Management
The tourism and hospitality industry is Rwanda’s highest foreign exchange earner and Akilah’s three-year Diploma teaches students the fundamentals of customer service, hotel management, and human resources.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Our Tuition Deferment Fund makes it possible for students to attend Akilah now and pay later when they are employed and earning an income

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