Africa University and Claflin University, USA explore avenues for exciting synergies and cross cultural experiences for staff and students
24 May 2018
Africa University was proud to host Dr. Charles Richardson, the Dean of the School of Business at Claflin University, South Carolina, USA. Dr. Richardson met with Deans from AU’s 3 colleges as well as administrative staff so as to gain insight into the inner workings of the university, explore possible areas of cooperation and partnership, as well as to experience the spirit of Ubuntu and to learn from each other.
Acting Dean of the College of Business, Peace Leadership and Governance Mr. Thomas Masese said,
“Claflin University is like a twin to Africa University. We are so alike in many respects from our size to our overall vision for the students that pass through our hands.”
Claflin, which is 150 years old, has a student population of just over 2000 drawing comparisons to Africa University that has a yearly enrollment of over 3000 students. Claflin forms one of the USA’s Historically Black Universities or HBU’s that were established to enable African Americans the opportunity to acquire higher education at a time that they were barred from attending other universities where segregation was a mainstay. Claflin University has made many notable achievements and currently boasts the highest returns on alumni giving amongst HBU’s.
Both AU and Claflin University are visionary institutions in the way they always look towards new and innovative ways to engage their students as well as ensuring that all programmes are given a contemporary feel and tailor made to be relevant to current job market trends . Speaking on the relationship between AU and Claflin, Dr. Richardson said,
“AU is a remarkable university that is bold in its outlook and never shies away from change. In the higher education sector we tend to lean more towards what has worked in the past and are not too keen on trying new things. That is not true of this university and I am excited to be here and to find pathways through which we can partner with you and grow together.”
The partnership between AU and Claflin University adds to the growing list of valued partners and stakeholders who are actively engaged in investing in “The Dream” and Africa’s future.