Foreign Studies

Yale's Jackson Institute Offers New Fellowships for African Students

Yale’s Jackson Institute Offers New Fellowships for African Students

The Jackson Institute currently enrolls about 25 students in its master’s degree program in global affairs. About half of these students are from outside the United States. Two new fellowships will be available for African students or others who have shown an interest in studying Africa.

University of Michigan Program Offers Research Opportunities for African Scholars

University of Michigan Program Offers Research Opportunities for African Scholars

The University of Michigan’s African Presidential Scholars program brings early-career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a period of four to six months. This fall, there are 12 African scholars on campus.

A Sharp Drop in the Number of Americans Studying Abroad in Africa

A Sharp Drop in the Number of Americans Studying Abroad in Africa

According to new data from the Institute of International Education, the number of Americans studying abroad in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2014-15 academic year declined by nearly 20 percent from the previous year. In West Africa the decline was 67.6 percent.

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2015-16

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2015-16

The Institute for International Education reports that in the 2015-16 academic year, there were 35,364 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States.

Major New Program Aimed a Combating Racism in South Africa and the United States

Major New Program Aimed a Combating Racism in South Africa and the United States

The non-residential program, hosted by Columbia University and funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, will support 350 fellows over its 10-year lifespan, annually supporting up to 35 fellows from the United States and South Africa.

Delaware State University Partners With the Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon

Delaware State University Partners With the Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon

The agreement between Delaware State and the Catholic University Institute calls for faculty and student exchanges. Also the universities will collaborate on research projects and grant proposals.

Study Examines Whether African Students at Western Universities Return to Africa

Study Examines Whether African Students at Western Universities Return to Africa

The return rate to Africa has been declining. In the 1970s, 65 percent of the African scholars who earned degrees at Western universities returned to Africa. Since 2010 the rate is only 40 percent.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Partners With a Medical University in Taiwan

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Partners With a Medical University in Taiwan

The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne has entered into an agreement with the Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan. The agreement calls for academic exchanges and study abroad opportunities.

First Four Botstiber Scholars From Africa Arrive at Penn State

First Four Botstiber Scholars From Africa Arrive at Penn State

The four students from African nations have been awarded full scholarships at Penn State. The scholars will also receive mentoring and internship opportunities. The first cohort includes two students from Ghana and one each from Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

Emory University Opens Its Refurbished African Art Galleries

Emory University Opens Its Refurbished African Art Galleries

Only 5 percent of Emory’s African art collection can be displaced at one time. The refurbished galleries allow museum officials to easily change exhibits, allowing for more of the university’s vast collection of African art to be seen by museum visitors.

University of Louisville Aims to Diversify Its Master's Degree Program in Biostatistics

University of Louisville Aims to Diversify Its Master’s Degree Program in Biostatistics

The University of Louisville has entered into an agreement with the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Saint Augustine's University Partners With a University in Colombia

Saint Augustine’s University Partners With a University in Colombia

Saint Augustine’s University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, has entered into a partnership agreement with the University of the Pacific in the South American nation of Colombia. The agreement will allow for student exchanges beginning this coming academic year.

British University to Offer the First Black Studies Degree Program in Europe

British University to Offer the First Black Studies Degree Program in Europe

Birmingham City University enrolls about 22,500 students and its student body is considered to be one of the more diverse in England. Beginning in the fall of 2017, the university will offer a bachelor’s degree program on people of African descent, their culture, their history, and their contributions to British society.

Predominantly Black Chicago State University Partners With a Nigerian University

Predominantly Black Chicago State University Partners With a Nigerian University

Chicago State University has entered into an agreement with Edwin Clark University in the Delta State of Nigeria. Under the agreement, the two universities will participate in student exchange programs.

The New Class of Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows

The New Class of Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows

Fifty-nine African-born scholars currently teaching at colleges and universities in the United States or Canada, will return to Africa this summer as Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows. Ten currently teach at historically Black colleges and universities.

Third Sister From Same Family Named Valedictorian at Dillard University

Third Sister From Same Family Named Valedictorian at Dillard University

Stephanie Akpapuna from Lagos, Nigeria, is the third member of her family to be named valedictorian at Dillard University in New Orleans. She will continue her education in the master of fine arts degree program in stage and production management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

New Partnership Seeks to Increase Study Abroad Opportunities for HBCU Students

New Partnership Seeks to Increase Study Abroad Opportunities for HBCU Students

African Americans are about 13 percent of all undergraduate students but only 5.6 percent of the students who study abroad. A new partnership aims to increase study abroad opportunities for students at all minority serving educational institutions.

Howard University Is the Only HBCU Among the Top Producers of Peace Corps Volunteers

Howard University Is the Only HBCU Among the Top Producers of Peace Corps Volunteers

Howard University in Washington, D.C. was the only HBCU that made the list of the top 25 producers of Peace Corps volunteers in the three categories of large universities, medium-size colleges and universities and small colleges and universities.

University of Chicago's Partnership With the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences

University of Chicago’s Partnership With the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Under the partnership agreement, University of Chicago faculty and graduate students will spend time at five research centers in Africa to serve as teachers, tutors, and researchers.

Tuskegee University Signs Agreement With the Dominican Republic

Tuskegee University Signs Agreement With the Dominican Republic

Under the agreement, up to 25 students from the Dominican Republic will receive government-funded scholarships for graduate study at Tuskegee University. Most will study in the natural sciences, engineering, agriculture, and animal sciences.

African Poetry Book Fund Sends 1,750 Volumes to Libraries in Africa

African Poetry Book Fund Sends 1,750 Volumes to Libraries in Africa

The African Poetry Book Fund in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries has sent nearly 1,750 books to libraries in Gambia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda.

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

According to new data from the Institute on International Education, in the 2013-14 academic year there were 1,844 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is down more than 13 percent from the 2012-13 academic year.

Delaware State University Teams Up With Two Universities in Asia

Delaware State University Teams Up With Two Universities in Asia

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, recently signed agreements with Yeungnam University College in South Korea and Changchun University in China.

University Scientists Develop Portable Device for Sickle Cell Diagnosis

University Scientists Develop Portable Device for Sickle Cell Diagnosis

Scientists at the University of Connecticut, Yale University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new method of detecting sickle cell disease that can be used in remote areas that do not have advanced medical technology.

Fort Valley State University Joins the Peace Corps Prep Program

Fort Valley State University Joins the Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Crops Prep Program is designed to train students who are interested in working abroad in international development work. Fort Valley State is the 39th educational institution nationwide to join the effort.

Alabama State University Partners With a Nigerian Educational Institution

Alabama State University Partners With a Nigerian Educational Institution

Alabama State University, the historically Black education institution in Montgomery has signed a partnership agreement with Adekunie Ajasin University in Nigeria. The agreement calls for both student and faculty exchanges between the two universities.

Latest Data on U.S. College Students Who Studied Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

Latest Data on U.S. College Students Who Studied Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

Of the 304,467 American students studying abroad in all areas of the globe, about 5.6 percent, are African Americans. A decade ago African Americans were 3.4 percent of all U.S. college students who studied abroad. More than 13,000 U.S. college students studied at universities in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2013-14 period.

Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2014-15

Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2014-15

In the 2013-14 academic year, there were 31,113 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They made up 3.5 percent of the 886,052 foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities.

Census Data Documents African Language Use in the United States

Census Data Documents African Language Use in the United States

Some 60 million Americans over the age of 5 speak a language other than English at home. This is about one fifth of all Americans. Nearly 900,000 Americans speak an African language at home. Among the most common African languages in the U.S. are Kru, Ibo, Yoruba, Cushite, and Swahili.

Stanford-Led Sanitary Intervention in Mali Improved Child Health

Stanford-Led Sanitary Intervention in Mali Improved Child Health

A new study led by researchers at Stanford University finds that efforts to increase the use of sanitary facilities in rural African communities can have a significant impact on child growth and health.

Oregon State University Libraries Partners With a Library at a Nigerian University

Oregon State University Libraries Partners With a Library at a Nigerian University

The “sister” libraries will participate in staff exchanges and research projects. Members of the staff of the libraries will participate in virtual seminars and academic meetings and the two libraries will exchange reference and other library materials.

George Mason University Partners With an African Nonprofit Organization

George Mason University Partners With an African Nonprofit Organization

The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, has signed an agreement with 72 Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing sustainable peace environments throughout Africa.

Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.

Tulane University Study Documents Child Labor in West African Cocoa Production

Tulane University Study Documents Child Labor in West African Cocoa Production

According to the report, there were 2,120,000 child labors who worked on cocoa production in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire during the 2013-14 harvest season. Some 94 percent of these child laborers were involved in hazardous work.

The University of Chicago Looks to Aid Mathematics Education in Africa

The University of Chicago Looks to Aid Mathematics Education in Africa

The University of Chicago has signed a new partnership agreement with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Under the agreement the University of Chicago will provide faculty members and graduate students to AIMS centers across Africa to assist in the training of AIMS graduate students.