Cave Hill launches Institute of African Affairs
JANUARY 2020 is the start date of courses to be delivered at the Institute of Global African Affairs at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
The institute was launched at Cave Hill, bringing to realisation some of the matters outlined in a memorandum of agreement signed last year between representatives of the two institutions.
The flagship programme is a master’s in global African studies, with courses being offered online and in person by faculty who will travel between the two campuses.
The joint degree programme will be framed about the concept of the role of Africa and Africans in a global context, with emphasis on sustainable development.
Though details are still being worked out with a follow-up meeting scheduled as early as today, it was mentioned that consideration is also being given to offering internships.
Vice-chancellor of the UJ, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, said cooperation already existed between the academics of both institutions.
“It is not in the papers that we sign, it’s not in the plaques that we are going to unveil, but it is in the determination of our scholars that this relationship is going to succeed,” he said, prior to the plaque’s unveiling.
The institute would be based initially in the CARICOM building at Cave Hill, in the hope that it would have a permanent home at another location.
“Having this UWI/UJ Institute located here on this campus enables the Cave Hill Campus to be strategically involved in the global African network enterprise and to participate in the unfolding global African narrative,” Cave Hill principal Professor Eudine Barriteau said.
“This institute intends to be at the forefront of sharing and participating in generating knowledge about Africa and the continent of the 21st century.”
UWI vice-chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said this latest project was about maintaining the intimacy that developed between the two regions in the 20th century.
“We must sustain that intimacy in the 21st century. We must think globally about the world and, therefore, we need institutions to bring our intellectuals together to think this through,” he added. (WILLCOMM)
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