Partners In Health, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Phase 1

Butaro, Rwanda | 2018

Construction is underway for Phase 1 of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), a new health sciences university owned and operated by Partners in Health (PIH) and supported by the Rwandan government. The first phase of the four-phase project includes six buildings arranged around a common area known as University Common, as well as five clusters of housing, designed by MASS Design Group, which can house up to 200 students and faculty. The six buildings include a dining hall/ welcome center, a library/ research commons, a simulation center, and a variety of flexible teaching spaces including a wet lab, seminar rooms and classrooms. Designed to promote learning both inside and outside and to take advantage of Rwanda's temperate climate, the buildings harness natural ventilation and daylight, and are connected by a translucent canopy. The project incorporates numerous sustainable features, including a water tower clad in the local volcanic rock that stores rainwater harvested from the buildings' roofs.

Prior to the design and construction of UGHE, PIH had engaged Shepley Bulfinch to complete a Master Plan for the University. Once the 37-hectare site atop a plateau had been identified, the campus was intentionally oriented to provide a visual connection to nearby Butaro District Hospital and to beautiful Mount Muhabura. When all four phases of the project are complete, the campus will support more than 1,000 students and faculty.


  • Square Footage: 36,000

Shepley Bulfinch Team

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