NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

AFRICA GLOBAL INITIATIVE

The continent of Africa is fueled by the promise presented by its youth and its dynamism. Its population is predicted to double from 1.2 billion by 2050. Africa’s 54 countries are incredibly diverse, whether from a linguistic, economic, or cultural perspective– from North to South, East, and West, Africa’s civil-society sector is vigorous. The Northeastern University Africa Global Initiative will mutually empower its African students, alumni, faculty, staff, and partners.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Making mRNA Vaccines in Africa

Join Hazel Sive, dean of Northeastern’s College of Science and chair of the Africa Global Initiative, to hear from Patrick Bergstedt about how Moderna’s presence in Kenya will also help develop treatments for other diseases and position the continent to respond to future health crises.

Wednesday, April 13, 2021
5PM ET to 6PM ET

AGI NEWS

The Africa Global Initiative (AGI) seeks to strengthen Northeastern’s ties with Africa, and increase African student enrollment and exchanges.  Its goal is to enhance existing connections and foster new partnerships in order to fund scholarships, grow co-op and internship programs, and develop joint research opportunities with the most prestigious African higher education institutions. Read about how the AGI is making an impact on Northeastern’s global network.

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The Global Work Citizen inaugural program connects Huskies to African partners

Employer Engagement and Career Design in collaboration with Global Co-op Faculty run the brand-new Global Work Citizen summer badge program. This immersive month-long virtual program was designed especially for first year learners. It aimed to introduce Huskies to global partners early in their university journey and encourage students to cultivate a global mindset during and beyond their time at Northeastern.

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A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT AOUN

“Africa is a key region for higher education. We have the opportunity to deepen Northeastern’s presence in Africa and further empower our global network.”

OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED

ALUMNI AND STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

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GIVE TO THE AFRICA GLOBAL INITIATIVE

The Africa Global Initiative seeks to enhance Northeastern’s connections with Africa by increasing partnerships with leading universities and companies in the region, and bolstering student recruitment through scholarship opportunities.

NORTHEASTERN'S AFRICAN STUDENT ORGANIZATION

Northeastern’s African Student Organization (NASO) is the University’s only student group that encompasses all countries on the African continent and strives to represent all of the diverse cultures that live within it. 

A MESSAGE FROM DEAN HAZEL SIVE

“This collaborative effort will build strong, mutually beneficial connections between our wonderful university and outstanding African partners. Through the AGI, we will increase African student enrollment in Northeastern programs and leverage existing or new partnerships with academic institutions, alumni, and employers to promote research, educational, and experiential opportunities.

STUDENT STORIES

“Over the course of my co-op with the African
Center for Community Investment in Health
(ACCIH), I split my time between Nairobi and
Baringo County, Kenya. I helped with mobile
outreach clinics for the local population in East
Pokot, and worked with health care providers to
improve patient care at these clinics and in the
local hospital. Alongside the other co-op
student, I conducted independent research to
better understand health systems challenges
and patient behavior in the Visceral
Leishmaniasis program.”

—Sarah Weihl, '22, Human Services

“After I received my bachelor’s in political science, I was looking for a master’s program in international relations. I heard that Northeastern was one of the best universities in the United States with amazing programs that give students the opportunity to learn on the field. Northeastern would guarantee their prospective students support with experiential learning, as learning and practicing on the field was the principal argument. It worked, they got me, and I was going to be a Husky! I enrolled in the global studies program at the College of Professional Studies.”

—Guiou Ouattara, '22, Global Studies and International Relations

“For my first co-op, I had the wonderful opportunity to
join the VA Corps program in Cape Town, South Africa.
For my second co-op, I was looking for another global
experience before I graduated. As a freshman at
Northeastern, I was part of the N.U.in program in Italy
where I learned about Italian culture as well as
healthcare service disparities in Italy. This experience
sparked my interest in global health and medical
interventions, which made me switch my major from
musical theatre to biology.”

—Andrew Chang, '21, Biology

THE AFRICA GLOBAL INITIATIVE TEAM

Mariamma Thomas

International Enrollment Management
mar.thomas@northeastern.edu

Caroline Gueny-Mentre

Director of Global Market Development
c.gueny-mentre@northeastern.edu

Aspa Papanastasiou

Associate Director of Global Employer Relations
a.papanastasiou@northeastern.edu

General Inquiries:

Ademidun Mary Ajibade

Project Manager
a.ajibade@northeastern.edu

Asta Musa

Assistant Project Manager
a.musa@northeastern.edu