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Innovative Partnerships to Transform Higher Education in Africa

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Africa is experiencing a rapid population growth and becoming younger and younger, with some countries having as much as 70%-75% of their population below the age of 25. This demographic shift is happening very fast and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon. The biggest challenge is that the economies of African countries, while growing generally, are not keeping pace with growth in youth population thereby causing a huge unemployment problem. Africa could reap demographic dividends if appropriate investment is made in educating the youth. In this context, is the current higher education system relevant? Does it need to change in order to accommodate this important societal trend? How should it change to support the economy on the continent? What role should partnerships play in this environment?

Join us for this NAFSA Special Event to explore innovative approaches, key partnerships, and specific solutions to help transform higher education in Africa.

James Otieno Jowi

james otieno jowi
East African Community
James Otieno Jowi is the principal education officer at the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat where he coordinates the development and implementation of regional education programs. He is the founding executive director of the African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), a...

Michael Adewumi, PhD

IES Abroad
Moderator, Africa Forum 2020
Michael Adewumi, PhD, is the executive vice president for academic affairs at the IES Abroad. Previously Adewumi was vice provost for global programs at Pennsylvania State University, and professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering. In this role, Adewumi oversaw the university’s global...

Ada Sonia Peter

Ada Peter
Covenant University, Nigeria
NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow
Ada Sonia Peter serves as director, International Office and Linkages, at Covenant University in Nigeria. She oversees operations of the Directorate, supervises direct services to Covenant University students and scholars engaging in several study abroad programs and research collaborations. Her...

Yasmine Sy Sarr

Yasmine Sarr
Groupe Supdeco Dakar, Senegal
NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow
Yasmine Sy Sarr is currently the director of strategic development and quality assurance at Groupe Supdeco Dakar, one the first business schools in West Africa. She has been part of the development and growth of the institution serving as the head of international relations and quality for five...

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