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The Scholars

Every year, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program welcomes new undergraduates and graduates from sub-Saharan Africa to Michigan State University's campus. These Scholars have demonstrated academic talent and have a personal commitment to give back to their countries.

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Arnold Mutayoba

Cohort: 2013
Country: Tanzania
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Major: Computer Science
College: College of Engineering
Biography: Arnold is a Scholar from Tanzania pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science. His passion is to help his home country further develop its information technology system. This Mastercard Foundation Scholar believes that Tanzania has the potential to grow exponentially—both economically and socially—due to vast economic development, including the mining of gas and oil along the Mtwara region coast. "Being a Tanzanian who is a patriot, I intend to return home to facilitate the technological transformation, which will eventually rise due to the advancement in the economy," says Mutayoba. Applying his telecommunication and computer engineering skills, his goal is to "increase the use of computing in the market system to develop reliable information that can be easily reached by a touch on a phone or through broadcasts, as I see here in the United States," Mutayoba adds. As he learns, he says he is continually evaluating what he will be able to accomplish once he earns his degree.
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