Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is one of eight South African universities selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to host an African Diaspora scholar from the United States to work on a collaborative project.
The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) at NMMU will lead the project, together with Professor Mumbi Mwangi from St Cloud State University in America. The project will work towards an institutionalised interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and student mentoring and addressing pressing issues of gender at NMMU.
“It was a highly competitive process to get Dr Mwangi to become a visiting ‘fellow’. She will be instrumental in strengthening the newly-established Gender Forum at NMMU,” says says CANRAD director Allan Zinn.
He says Dr Mwangi comes extremely highly recommended as a gender and ethnic studies scholar.
“This intellectual exchange also serves to strengthen the ties between NMMU and St Cloud University where she is based.”
The NMMU CANRAD project is one of 59 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities.
Prof Mwangi is one of 60 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded Fellowships to travel to Africa early next month to conduct the projects, which span an impressive range of fields across the arts and humanities, social sciences, education, sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Other host universities in South Africa include Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, University of the Western Cape and Wits University.
This innovative Fellowship programme facilitates mutually beneficial engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa.
The programme is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with Quinnipiac University, which chairs the Advisory Council, and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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