With 1.2 billion inhabitants spread across 55 countries, the continent of Africa is a dynamic part of the world. NU faculty, staff and students have been interacting with people across Africa for decades, and NU engagements in Africa are rapidly expanding. However, NU employees often find it hard to stay abreast of other NU engagements in Africa.
On April 5, 2018, the University of Nebraska Central Administration and the University of Nebraska Medical Center held an Africa Summit on the UNMC campus. The meeting was intended to provide a forum for information-sharing and collaboration among faculty, staff and graduate students interested in any country or region of Africa. Interest could include research, teaching--or other forms of engagement with individuals, educational institutions, governments, or the private sector.
The Senior International Officers for each of the four NU campuses (Dr. Tim Burkink from UNK, Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum from UNL, Dr. Jane Meza and Bruce Grogan from UNMC and UNO) and Dr. Steven Duke in NU Central were involved in planning and implementing this event.
The first annual Africa Summit helped NU faculty, staff and graduate students meet each other, learn about the other projects or research taking place in Africa, and identify ways to work together synergistically to enhance the university's engagements with and in Africa.
The University of Nebraska’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost invites applications for research projects and teaching initiatives that build on the successful Africa Summit. Learn more about the 2018-19 Competitive Applications.
The goals for the Africa Summit included the following:
Enable faculty, staff and graduate students across the University of Nebraska who have expertise or interest in Africa to meet each other and become acquainted with each other's expertise and/or research.
Identify one or more funding priorities or projects for which NU faculty, staff or graduate students could compete for funding.
Identify possible networks or teams of people across multiple NU campuses who might collaborate on research projects, serve as specialists in courses or research, or otherwise share their expertise with others across NU.
Enhance the university’s international collaborations and global engagement.
Identify individuals and resources that may be useful to those teaching about or conducting research in or about Africa.