SMC Selected, to Host Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow
SCHOOL OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION, PAN-ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY, SELECTED TO HOST CARNEGIE AFRICAN DIASPORA FELLOW
Collaborative Project will focus on Curriculum Co-development
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to Support Projects at 35 Universities in Africa
Lagos, June, 2017 – The School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, was selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to host an African Diaspora scholar from the United States to work with on a collaborative project on curriculum co-development for postgraduate degrees. Dr. Amiso George, a Fellow from the Texas Christian University in the United States, will spend one month in the SMC. Dr. George is an associate professor of Strategic Communication.
The project is twofold and consists of both mentoring and curriculum development. The mentoring is aimed at building capacity in carrying out research. The process will involve the organization of workshops to meet this end. The second part of the project involves a review of the curriculum of the SMC’s master’s programme with the goal, among other things, of strengthening its strategic communication component.
The SMC project is one of 43 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with one of 35 higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities in the coming months. The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include research in banking and finance; developing curriculum in therapeutics and environmental toxicology; mentoring faculty in computer science; and teaching and mentoring graduate students in media and communications and in a new interdisciplinary public health program. To deepen the ties among the faculty members and between their home and host institutions, the program is providing support to several program alumni to enable them to build on successful collaborative projects they conducted in previous years.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fourth year, is designed to reverse 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 coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council. A total of 282 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.
Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars (individually or in small groups) and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance. A total of 282 Fellows have now been selected since the program’s inception in 2013.
See full list of 2017 projects, hosts and scholars and their universities.
Please direct all questions related to the application process to AfricanDiaspora@iie.org.
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