In 2015 NAFSA welcomed the inaugural cohort of the Global Dialogue Fellowship Program, a new program for higher education internationalization leaders. The six Fellows from Africa are receiving support to attend two NAFSA annual conferences, providing them with opportunities to meet and collaborate with university leaders in the United States and from around the world. In addition, each Fellow is partnered with a Global Dialogue Partner, a U.S.-based international education leader, for ongoing discussion and sharing of expertise, information, and resources.

Through this program, NAFSA is committed to creating opportunities for dialogue and engagement on a global level to support the Fellows in designing new and deeper international programs for students, scholars, faculty, and exchange visitors at their home institutions.

Desalegne Mengesha Degefaw

Desalegne Mengesha Degefaw
University of Gondar, Ethiopia

Zainab Ali Iddi

Zainab Ali Iddi
State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze

Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze
University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Nadia Nintunze

Nadia Nintunze
Université Lumière de Bujumbura, Burundi

Wambui Njagi

Jane Wambui Njagi
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Anakalo Alfred Shitandi

Alfred Anakalo Shitandi
Kisii University, Kenya

The Global Dialogue Partners for the 2015 Fellows include:

  • Charles Bankart, University of Kansas
  • Mell Bolen, Princeton University
  • Karen Brown, University of Minnesota
  • Elaine Meyer-Lee, Agnes Scott College
  • Michele Petrucci, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Joy Stevenson, University of Central Missouri (emerita)

NAFSA thanks Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Northeastern University for arranging library research opportunities and housing for the fellows following the 2015 Annual Conference, and cooperating institutions Boston University, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.

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