Philadelphia, PA

The 2018 Africa Forum explored issues related to international partnerships and cooperation with Africa. Global Dialogue Program fellows and partners, and other African higher education leaders shared innovative practices in the region and provided insight on how to develop sustainable and successful internationalization strategies and partnerships.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.–10:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Kelechi Kalu, Vice Provost for International Affairs, University of California-Riverside
10:05 a.m.–10:10 a.m. Sponsor Address
Michael Adewumi, Vice Provost for Global Programs, Penn State, NAFSA Board Member
10:10 a.m.–10:40 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Strategic Alliance, Partnerships and Collaboration for Wholesome Higher Education Towards African Development (with Q&A)
Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, Distinguished Professor, Pro-Chancellor, Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria
10:40 a.m.–11:10 a.m. International Higher Education and Partnerships Panel (moderated by Kelechi Kalu, includes Q&A)
  • Gerald Kagambirwe Karyeija, Dean, School of Management Science, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Uganda Management Institute, Uganda, and NAFSA 2017-2018 Global Dialogue Fellow
  • Gladys Attah-Gyamfi, Faculty Officer, School of Business, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and NAFSA 2017-2018 Global Dialogue Fellow
11:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Roundtable Partnership Discussions
Higher Education Internationalization in Africa - grouped by regions

Keynote Speaker

Oyewusi Ibidapo-ObeOyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, BSc, MMaths, PhD, FAS, FAAS, FAEng, FASCE, OFR
Distinguished Professor, Pro-Chancellor, Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria
Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe is distinguished professor of systems engineering, pro-chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council of the Technical University, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is a former vice chancellor of the University of Lagos (2000-2007) and of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State (2011-2016). Professor Ibidapo-Obe was a Western Region Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, and a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar and has had several international teaching and research awards and exposures with over 200 refereed publications. He was chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and was adjudged the Best Vice Chancellor for two years. Prior to his appointment as vice chancellor, Professor Ibidapo-Obe served meritoriously as head of department and dean of the faculty. He was chairman of the Presidential Committee on Brain Drain, a pioneer national coordinator of the UNDP-TOKTEN, as well as the pioneering managing director of UNILAG CONSULT. Professor Ibidapo-Obe was president of the Nigerian Academy of Science (2009-2013). He was honoured by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2004-2005 with Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR). He graduated from the University of Lagos with a First Class Honours Degree in mathematics and earned a doctorate degree in civil engineering with specialisation in applied mechanics/systems from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Panel Speakers

Gladys Attah-GyamfiGladys Attah-Gyamfi
Faculty Officer, School of Business, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Gladys Attah-Gyamfi is faculty officer (school administrator) of the School of Business at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. Administrator with 15 years’ experience in higher education administration, she serves as secretary to the following Boards of the School: School Board; Advisory Board; Board of Trustees of the School's Development Fund; Appointment and Promotions Board and Committee on Graduate Studies. For five years, Attah-Gyamfi coordinated international programs and managed the university’s partnerships across the globe. She helped develop and sustain successful exchange programs and partnerships which benefited the University of Cape Coast. In addition, Attah-Gyamfi helped with the implementation of the Association of African Universities' Internationalization Strategy Advisory Services project at her institution. She holds an MPA from the University of Ghana Business School and an MA in human resource management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana where she earned her bachelor's degree in population and family life.

Gerald Kagambirwe KaryeijaGerald Kagambirwe Karyeija, PhD
Dean and Associate Professor of Public Administration, School of Management Science, Uganda Management Institute, Uganda
Gerald Kagambirwe Karyeija is dean and associate professor of public administration, School of Management Science, at Uganda Management Institute in Uganda. He is also an extra-ordinary professor of public administration, North-West University and senior scholar, University of Lusaka. Karyeija is a facilitator at the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Senior Staff and Command College, Kimaka. He is a 2017-2018 NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow. Karyeija has vast experience in research, consultancy, training, and practice in the area of governance, management, leadership and public administration spanning over 20 years with various organizations and countries. Lately, he has increased interest in leadership and management for quality improvement in health service delivery. Karyeija holds a PhD and MPhil in public administration, both from the University of Bergen, Norway. He earned his bachelor’s degree specialising in political science and public administration from Makerere University, Uganda.


Kelechi A KaluKelechi A. Kalu, PhD
Vice Provost of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside
Kelechi A. Kalu is vice provost of international affairs and professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. He previously served as associate provost for global strategies and international affairs and professor of African American and African studies at The Ohio State University. Kalu’s research and teaching interests are in international politics, African political economy and U.S.–Africa relations. He was a Mellon Research Fellow in the Department of Government, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, professor of political science at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and faculty affiliate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. Kalu is widely published and has served as a consultant to the World Bank on public sector governance and to the Asian Development Bank on managing sustainable development in resource-rich countries. He is a recipient of grants from The Ford Foundation, The Mershon Center, and The Korea Foundation. His PhD is in international studies from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Kalu earned an MA in political science from the University of Dayton, Ohio and a BA in political science from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.


NAFSA thanks Penn State for their generous support of this event.
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