Learning opportunities with Zimbabwe’s Africa University

September 21, 2010

McDaniel College has extended its global reach to build a relationship with Zimbabwe’s Africa University that begins with an educational service project during January Term 2011.

In early September, Dr. Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor of Africa University, traveled to Maryland to meet McDaniel’s top administrators and discuss opportunities for student and faculty exchange and collaboration. Tagwira was joined on campus by longtime United Methodist Church (UMC) volunteer and McDaniel Trustee Charlie Moore ’71 and Bishop John R. Schol, who has served on the UMC’s global ministries board in Washington, D.C.

“We were delighted to host these special guests on campus,” said McDaniel’s Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tom Falkner.

Trustee Charlie Moore, Dr. Fanuel Tagwira from Africa University, Provost Tom Falkner, President Roger Casey

“It’s vital for today’s students to explore how the world works by getting far outside the campus borders and engaging in analytical problem-solving in diverse cultural settings. Through such educational exchanges like this one with Africa University, students find that the entire world can be home.”

Africa University opened in 1992 and is among the first, fully accredited higher education institutions supported by United Methodist congregations worldwide.  Currently, more than 1,200 students representing 22 African nations enroll in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in agriculture and natural resources, education, humanities and social sciences, health sciences, management and administration and theology.

During January Term, faculty members Debora Johnson-Ross, Political Science and International Studies, and Mona Kerby, School Library Media, will take students to explore a rural region of Zimbabwe to work on a health and environment project at a local medical clinic and an education-related project at a local school, possibly alongside students from Africa University.  Students may also be involved in fund-raising activities prior to travel to raise funds for malaria nets, school supplies and textbooks. Students will also visit either Great Zimbabwe or Victoria Falls before returning home.

Learn more about the Jan Term program here.

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