Nafziger Assists Higher Ed Program in Rwanda

Written by Laura Paskin
January 22, 2015

Master of Public Administration Professor Rich Nafziger is working with Kepler University, a nonprofit university program designed for the developing world, to expand educational opportunities in Africa. Kepler's goal is to create a global network of universities that deliver the skills that emerging economies need for a price students can afford. Kepler's first project in Kigali, Rwanda, provides both AA and BA degrees in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University's College for America program. The competency-based degree program, developed in consultation with industry, currently provides majors in business, communications, and health care management. The goal is to grow offerings in Rwanda and expand to other African countries.

"Kepler?s pilot program in Rwanda makes a world class education within reach," said Nafziger. "The American-accredited degree creates new opportunities at a reasonable cost for the first time in Rwanda."

Nafziger, an economist in public policy for nearly 35 years, has served as executive director for Partnerships and Economic Development for Seattle Community Colleges, chief of staff for the State Senate Democrats, Chief Clerk of the Washington House of Representatives, policy advisor to Governors Gardner and Locke, chair of the State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating board and director of workforce training for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The College of Arts and Sciences the largest college in Seattle University, offers 79 undergraduate degrees, including public affairs and nonprofit leadership, and six master's degrees, including Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Leadership.