Foreign Studies

Rutgers University Partners With Botswana to Establish Knowledge Hub in Southern Africa

Rutgers University Partners With Botswana to Establish Knowledge Hub in Southern Africa

Recently, Rutgers University in New Jersey signed an agreement to launch the Botswana-Rutgers Knowledge Collaborative, a joint initiative to exchange knowledge through technology and develop programs that help Botswana address its strategic development goals.

University of Minnesota Partners With the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

University of Minnesota Partners With the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Under the agreement, University of Minnesota faculty members and graduate students will travel to Africa to serve as lecturers and to mentor students. Officials hope that the new partnership will funnel African students to graduate programs in mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

Purdue Graduate to Lead Agricultural Workshops at Universities in the Republic of Cameroon

Purdue Graduate to Lead Agricultural Workshops at Universities in the Republic of Cameroon

A former Purdue University student, Scott Massey, has received his second Mandela Washington Fellowship that he will use to provide Cameroonian farmers vital information on developing and incorporating innovative farming practices into their work.

Two American Universities Help Build Dental Surgery Program in Rwanda

Two American Universities Help Build Dental Surgery Program in Rwanda

The African nation of Rwanda has a population of more than 12 million. Yet there are only 40 registered dentists in the country. A new program established with the assistance of scholars at Harvard University and the University of Maryland aims to help reduce the shortage.

Michigan State University Professor to Lead $50 Million Project to Improve Farming in Africa

Michigan State University Professor to Lead $50 Million Project to Improve Farming in Africa

The Strengthening Higher Education for Agri-food Systems project led by Michigan State University professor, Thom Jayne, is a partnership between the World Bank, African governments, and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture.

Nonprofit Established by University of Cincinnati Students Brings Solar Power to Uganda  Schools

Nonprofit Established by University of Cincinnati Students Brings Solar Power to Uganda Schools

Since the nonprofit establishment by engineering students at the University of Cincinnati, volunteers have installed solar energy systems in 18 schools across Uganda and plans to complete installations at 50 schools by 2025.

The University of Rochester's Strong Ties to the African Leadership Academy

The University of Rochester’s Strong Ties to the African Leadership Academy

Since its founding the African Leadership Academy has had 75 of its graduates attend the University of Rochester in New York. This is nearly double the number of the university with the second highest total.

The First Cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars Comes to the University of Chicago

The First Cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars Comes to the University of Chicago

This class is made up of 25 emerging leaders from around the globe who are committed to finding practical solutions to global challenges such as climate change, education, and government transparency.

Western Carolina Students Helping to Establish a Library in Rural Kenya

Western Carolina Students Helping to Establish a Library in Rural Kenya

In September a group of students and faculty members from Western Carolina University will travel to Kenya and deliver about 2,000 books to a new library in a rural village. In addition, the American contingent will work for two weeks to set up the library at the local school.

New Penn State Program Aims to Help Prepare South African University Leaders

New Penn State Program Aims to Help Prepare South African University Leaders

The College of Education at Pennsylvania State University has entered into a partnership agreement with three universities in the Republic of South Africa. The program is called “Phakamisa,” which means “to grow or lift up.” The goal of the program is to train the next generation of academic leaders for South Africa.

Two Rwandan Scholars in the U.S. Seek to Broaden Opportunities for Other African Students

Two Rwandan Scholars in the U.S. Seek to Broaden Opportunities for Other African Students

The African STEM Network or AFRISNET, will be an online resource that will provide resources, information, and assistant to African students seeking educational opportunities or internships in the United States.

Comparing the Unemployment Rates of Native-Born and Foreign-Born Blacks by Educational Level

Comparing the Unemployment Rates of Native-Born and Foreign-Born Blacks by Educational Level

Native-born Blacks with at least a bachelor’s degree had an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in 2017. This was lower than the rate for foreign-born Blacks with a college degree, which stood at 5 percent.

Yale Debuts New Scholarship Program for MBA Students From Africa

Yale Debuts New Scholarship Program for MBA Students From Africa

The Yale-African Impact Scholarships will be merit-based and supply at least one half of tuition and fees over the two years of the MBA program. Students must pledge to return to Africa for at least two years within two years after earning their MBA at Yale.

Towson University in Maryland Partners With a Nigerian University

Towson University in Maryland Partners With a Nigerian University

The partnership with Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria will include student and faculty exchanges, joint research projects, and academic exchanges that include information, materials and publications related to research, education and training.

African Immigrants Give a Huge Boost to the American Economy

African Immigrants Give a Huge Boost to the American Economy

Some 40 percent of sub-Sharan African immigrants are college educated. This is a higher percentage than the White adult population of the United States. A third of African immigrants with a college education have a degree in a STEM field.

University of Chicago Aims to Boost Academic Research in Africa

University of Chicago Aims to Boost Academic Research in Africa

Africans make up 15 percent of the world’s population but produce only 2 percent of the world’s research. The University of Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Africa Workshop aims to increase the participation of African scholars in academic research.

The Economic and Educational Status of African Immigrants in the United States

The Economic and Educational Status of African Immigrants in the United States

Black women who have immigrated from Africa now earn more on average that Black and White women who were born in the United States. Black immigrant men from Africa have not fared as well, despite the fact that more than half of them are college graduates.

Scholars From Sub-Saharan African Nations Teaching in the United States

Scholars From Sub-Saharan African Nations Teaching in the United States

Nigeria sent 462 scholars to teach in the U.S., more than any other sub-Saharan African nation. The number of Nigerian scholars teaching in the U.S. was up 17 percent from the previous year.

African American Presence Among Study Abroad Students Continues to Rise

African American Presence Among Study Abroad Students Continues to Rise

According to new data from the Institute of International Education, 325,339 American students studied at foreign institutions of higher education during the 2015-16 academic year. Of these, 5.9 percent were African Americans. A decade earlier, only 3.5 percent of study abroad students were African Americans.

Fallou Ngom Named Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University

Fallou Ngom Named Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University

Fallou Ngom, associate professor of anthropology, was named director of Boston University’s African Studies Center. The center was established in 1953. More than 90 Boston University faculty members are affiliated with the center.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa Awards Its 100th Master's Degree

Carnegie Mellon University Africa Awards Its 100th Master’s Degree

This year, 33 students from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda earned master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering and information and communication technology. It was the fourth commencement ceremony for Carnegie Mellon University Africa.

Harvard University's Center for African Studies Opens a Satellite Office in Johannesburg

Harvard University’s Center for African Studies Opens a Satellite Office in Johannesburg

The Harvard Center for African Studies office in Johannesburg aims to facilitate and strengthen relationships with business, cultural, and academic leaders across the African continent.

Emory University Graduate Provides Research Opportunities for Women in Ghana

Emory University Graduate Provides Research Opportunities for Women in Ghana

While still at Emory, Kwadwo Sarpong established the African Research Academies for Women. Since 2014, the organization has provided research opportunities for 29 women in Ghana. Sarpong has now expanded the program to Nigeria, while he prepares himself for medical school.

Harvard and MIT to Collaborate on Project to Boost Genetics Research in Africa

Harvard and MIT to Collaborate on Project to Boost Genetics Research in Africa

The Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research Project (GINGER) has recruited 17 African scholars who will attend workshops in the United States and London over the next two years on epidemiology, bioinformatics, genetics, and grant writing.

Penn Graduate Opens School for Girls in His Hometown in Ghana

Penn Graduate Opens School for Girls in His Hometown in Ghana

Two years ago, Shadrack Frimpong, then a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, won the Penn President Engagement Prize which awarded him $100,000 to use to implement his goal of establishing a school for girls and a health clinic in Ghana.

Black Scholar From the University of California, Davis Is Heading to Oxford

Black Scholar From the University of California, Davis Is Heading to Oxford

Wale Adebanwi, an associate professor of African American and African studies at the University of California, Davis, will be leaving his post at the end of the academic year to assume the Rhodes Professorship in Race Relations in the School of African and Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford University.

African American Business Tycoon Financing Education of Women Kidnapped by Boko Haram

African American Business Tycoon Financing Education of Women Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Robert F. Smith, founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and the only African American man on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, has been identified by the Nigerian government as the Good Samaritan who is sponsoring the higher education of 24 women who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Indiana University's African American Dance Company's Cultural Exchange Tour in China

Indiana University’s African American Dance Company’s Cultural Exchange Tour in China

The African American Dance Company at Indiana University recently returned from a week-long visit to Beijing, China, where it participated in a cultural exchange program with the School of Law and Humanities at the China University of Mining and Technology.

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.