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BU Enters Partnerships with African Universities

August 25, 2010

Boston University, through its African Studies Center, has signed Memoranda of Understanding this summer with the University of Fort Hare in South Africa and Addis Ababa University and Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia.  Fort Hare, located in Eastern Cape Province, is the most important historically black university in South Africa, including among its alumni prominent South Africans Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Steve Biko, as well as President Seretse Kama of Botswana, President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, and President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.  Founded in 1950 and located in the capital, Addis Ababa University is the premier center for higher education in Ethiopia.  Bahir Dar, located in northwestern Ethiopia, was founded only ten years ago but already has grown to over 45,000 students and includes important programs in agriculture, engineering, and land administration.

The agreements with these universities will help to facilitate research contacts in areas such as anthropology, archeology, education, environmental studies, geography, history, law, political science, and social work.  In the future, opportunities will be available for exchange of both students and faculty.  The agreements also provide opportunities for advanced study of African languages in context.  This summer BU students studied Amharic at Addis Ababa University and isiXhosa at Fort Hare.

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