Auburn University has been actively involved in ongoing projects with universities
and governmental agencies in South Africa. Previous projects, under the
leadership of Dr. David Wilson,Vice President for Auburn University Outreach,
focused on assisting South African teachers and administrators with refining
math and science curricula, and securing and placing computers in school
systems throughout the Eastern Cape Province. Auburn Universitys
involvement in these projects, which were administered by Rutgers University
and funded by Lucent Technologies, served as the foundation for developing
an international component to Auburn University Outreach.
formally unveiled its South Africa Initiative in 2002. This initiative
provides faculty, students and administrators university-wide with an opportunity
to gain international experience while conducting research or performing
outreach projects in South Africa. The programs within Auburn University's
South Africa Initiative are conducted collaboratively with the North American
Consortium for Educational Development in Africa, which includes the University
of Louisville, North Carolina A&T, and five South African Universities
(the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, Cape Technikon,
Peninsula Technikon and the University of Cape Town).
The primary purpose
of this initiative is to provide Auburn University's students, faculty
and administrators with international outreach shared learning experiences.
This initiative is designed to be conducive to short term as well as long
term projects with South African universities and the North American Consortium
for Educational Development in Africa. Collaborative efforts between Auburn
University and the Consortium have enabled numerous Auburn University faculty
and students to participate in the exchange program. Also, efforts to improve
and/or enhance the state of Alabamas trade relationship with South
Africa are underway.
There are four primary
areas that comprise Auburn Universitys South Africa Initiative: Academic
and Administrative Exchange; Educator Development and Preparation; Governmental
Training; and International Trade and Development.
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