Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Receives Grant From Ricoh Innovations for eHealth Research

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Receives Grant From Ricoh Innovations for 
eHealth Research 
Ricoh Innovations Strengthens Ties With Major Research Institutions
in Emerging Countries 
KIGALI, RWANDA and MENLO PARK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/12/13 -- 
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda ("CMU-R") has been awarded a
grant from Ricoh Innovations, Inc. ("RII") to advance research on
information and communication technology ("ICT") for healthcare in
developing countries. RII is a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of
Ricoh Company, Ltd, the leading provider of digital office solutions,
and develops innovative technologies and new business opportunities
for Ricoh. CMU-R is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon
University and the Government of Rwanda to build ICT capacity in
Rwanda and throughout East Africa through graduate education and
research. In partnership with the Government of Rwanda, it is the
first U.S. research institution to offer engineering graduate degrees
in Africa.  
The unrestricted grant will be used to support the research of
CMU-R's Assistant Professor Hedda Schmidtke and Scholar-in-Residence
Suzana Brown in the area of ICT for healthcare. CMU-R has identified
ICT for healthcare as a principal research thrust because of the
profound impact that advances in this sector can have in developing
countries. Creative innovations that address the needs of developing
countries have the potential for significant impact because of the
growing demands on limited, expensive medical resources.  
"We are delighted to receive this grant from RII," stated Bruce
Krogh, director of CMU-R. "It makes it possible for our faculty and
students to launch new research into ICT innovations that will
significantly improve healthcare in developing countries like Rwanda,
particularly through the use of mobile technology." 
In February 2012, RII established a subsidiary in Bangalore, India to
combine market-oriented technology development with regionally
optimized research to pioneer new business tailored for emerging
countries throughout the world. Ricoh also recently announced its
financial endowment and industry partnership for the creation of a
design and innovation center at the Indian Institute of Technology
"We are proud to support this i
mportant research in Rwanda," stated
Dr. Nikhil Balram, president and CEO of RII. "RII is working to
advance Open Innovation in emerging countries through collaboration
between industry and researchers, yielding both technological and
academic advances. The research carried out at CMU-R has the
potential to improve the way healthcare is delivered not only in
Rwanda, but throughout the world."  
CMU-R plays a significant role in the Government of Rwanda's vision
to create a regional Information and Communication Technology ("ICT")
Center of Excellence in Kigali, and to establish ICT as a major
component of a knowledge-based economy. CMU-R began offering the
Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program in August
2012, and is currently accepting applications for admission to the
MSIT program in August 2013. 
About Carnegie Mellon University
 Carnegie Mellon ( is a
private, internationally ranked research university with programs in
areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public
policy, the humanities and the fine arts. More than 11,000 students
in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small
student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus
on creating and implementing solutions for real problems,
interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university,
Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh,
Pa. It has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and
programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in
the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled "Inspire
Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," which aims
to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative
research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility
About Ricoh Innovations
 Based in California's Silicon Valley, Ricoh
Innovations, Inc. ("RII") develops innovative technologies and new
business opportunities for Ricoh Company, Ltd. RII was founded in
1997 as a subsidiary of Ricoh, growing out of the California Research
Center established in 1989. RII is home to world-class technologists
with a broad set of competencies in areas such as intelligent
sensors, computational optics, mobile visual communication and
cloud-based collaboration. Completing the team are experienced
ethnographers with deep insights into user and customer experience,
and creative designers with a fundamental understanding of user
interfaces and industrial design. RII's focus is to realize The
Infinite Network -- RII's vision of a seamlessly connected world of
people, objects and information. To learn more about Ricoh
Innovations, Inc., visit 
About Ricoh
 Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in
office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document
management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh
Group operates in more than 200 countries and regions. In the
financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of
1,903 billion yen (approx. 23 billion USD). 
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions
and services that improve the interaction between people and
information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and
specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its
technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and
sustainability initiatives. Under its corporate tagline, imagine.
change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness
the collective imagination of their employees. For further
information, please visit 
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