SU professors selected as Carnegie African Diaspora Program Fellows
Two Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR) professors are among 59 African-born scholars based in the United States and Canada who are this summer traveling to Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda for 14-90 days to conduct academic projects with their peers at host universities in those countries. The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) Advisory Council recently announced the selection of 41 African universities to host the Fellows, based on collaborative project proposals submitted by faculty members and administrators at the African universities, to meet specific needs at their universities.
SUBR faculty members Fulbert L. Namwamba, professor, urban forestry, and Aloyce Kaliba, professor, economics, and the other visiting fellows will work with their hosts on a range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health.
Namwamba will be at the University of Kabianga (UOK), in Kenya working on a collaborative project to identify emerging spatial technologies, the prospective to increase technology opportunities to empower community as well as initiate master of science curricula development in urban forestry and in hydrology and watershed mananagement. He will work with UOK professor Zablone Okollah Owiti, School of Natural Resource and Environmental Management.
In Tanzania, Kaliba, is paired with Anne Gongwe, lecturer of economics and the dean of the Economics Department at St. Augustine University of Tanzinia, on a project, "Project: Capacity Building on Quantitative Research Methodologies in Economics and Statistics Using R."
"We are very pleased that two of own were selected for this prestigious honor. It further emphasizes Southern's desire to expand its land-grant mission to an international stage--promoting collaboration, sharing knowledge, and providing a platform by which our students may participate in addressing the grand, global challenges of today," said Michael Stubblefield, SU vice chancellor for research and strategic initiatives.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its third year, is designed to avert Africa's brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which houses the Advisory Council.
Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars, and cover the expenses for the visiting scholars including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance. A total of 169 Fellows have now been selected since the program's inception in 2013.
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