Background

Since 1996, 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 University’s 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.

Auburn University 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).


Purpose

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 Alabama’s trade relationship with South Africa are underway.

There are four primary areas that comprise Auburn University’s South Africa Initiative: Academic and Administrative Exchange; Educator Development and Preparation; Governmental Training; and International Trade and Development.


For Additional Information

Contact:Dr. Royrickers Cook
Coordinator of Auburn University's
South Africa Initiative
334-844-5700, 213 Samford Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
cookroy@auburn.edu