B2R Scholar, Billy Byiringiro, has become the first Rhodes Scholar from Rwanda in the 117-year history of the Rhodes Scholarship. As the world’s oldest graduate fellowship, the Rhodes Scholarship program, based at the University of Oxford, awards over a hundred fully-funded Scholarships to students with proven academic excellence, exceptional character,  and a commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges each year.

Billy will graduate next year with a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. At Oxford, Billy intends to read for an MSc in Computer Science and a DPhil (PhD) in Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems.

“I am incredibly grateful and honoured to have been selected as the Rhodes Scholar from East Africa 2021. I can’t wait to continue my further studies in AI and Computer Science, exploring ways to employ them to make a positive impact in my community.”

Three of the eight Rhodes Scholarship finalists from East Africa were Bridge2Rwanda Scholars