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Welcome to the Africa Committee

The Africa Committee provides a forum for faculty members to exchange information on research and projects in Africa, provide advocacy on behalf of each other’s programs, and to think strategically about how the university can further engage in the region.

Spring Semester 2012

This semester the Committee will meeet on the following dates:

Friday February 10th, 9am in 325 Burruss Hall

The first meeting of the Spring 2012 semester, featured a very exciting presentation from Virginia Tech researchers working in Mozambique. This team of researchers is a collaborative effort between statisticians from LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) and researchers form UAP/SPIA (Urban Affairs and Planning, int the School of Public and International Affairs). Part of the research team joined us for the meeting and presented on the first few phases of the research which is part of a multi part, longitudinal study of the impact of water systems on communities in Mozambique.

The minutes from the meeting can be found here.. 2-10-12 Africa Minutes

And the presentation can be found here: Mozambique Water Prezi


Fall Semester 2011

This semester the committee will meet on the following dates:

Friday September 23rd 9am in 325 Burruss Hall

The first meeting of the semester featured Mike Bertelsen (Interim Director of OIRED) along with Demba Farba Mbaye and Bineta K. Guisse who provided an update on our ongoing USAID funded project "Education and Research in Agriculture" in Senegal. The meeting was well attended and very informative of the ongoing efforts to improve national education/research systems and overall food security. Follow the links below for more information.

Minutes from 9-23-11 Meeting

ERA/USAID PowerPoint Presentation

Friday December 2nd 9am in 325 Burruss Hall

The committee welcomed Patricia Kelly and Kerry Redican who presented on their work with a Global Health Professional Exchange. Follow the links below to see the presentation and notes from the meeting.

Minutes from 12-2-11 Meeting

Health Professionals Exchange Presentation

Africa Higher Education in the News

February/March 2012- Africa is full of higher edcuation news lately. A few highlights from the many news items are 1) Kenya's university system will be attempting to accomodate at large incoming group of ellibigible students. There aren't nearly enough spots in the public university system and the private options can only take a limited number as well. To read more, see this article from Universtity World News. 2) Sudan is taking steps to enhance it's distance learning potential with the launching of an educational TV channel, read more.

November 2011- According to reports coming from the Chronicle of Higher Education, there is a significant growth in the number of private universities being established in parts of Africa. These instiutions are generally religilous affliated (Christian and Muslim) institutions that have any varied of specialization or focus. Another article exames the particular case of a private Austrailian institution's attempts to set up shop in a part of South Africa.

September/October 2011- Links to two news articles regarding higher education in Africa that may be of interest to committe members are provided below. One article speaks to the establishment of a branch campus in Rwanda as the other high lights innovative student led research projects which are very applied in nature and seek to help the poorest populations in Africa.

Carnegie Mellon U. to Open Campus in Rwanda, A Milestone for Africa

Students Design Low-Tech Ways to Help Improve Lives of Rural Poor

August 2011- While there is a significant amount of higher education related news coming out of Africa, two recent articles touch on certain issues which this committee has addressed within the last year. First, Egypitan Universities are experiencing some difficulties with the new post-revolution regime. This article from The Chronicle speaks to the experience of Nile University. Also this update from University World News addresses the recent efforts toward integration in higher education in the East African Community.

Further Information To Consider:

Lessons from a Ten Year Funder Collaborative: A Case Study of The Partnership for Higher Education in Africa

Information From Past Meetings

If you would like copies of minutes, handouts and other information form last school years meetings, please contact Ian Michalski at


Partnership in Africa Booklet