In 2017, Claflin University, a historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, South Carolina, entered into a partnership with Africa Univerity, a United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. The agreement results in faculty and student exchanges between the two campuses.
Now Claflin is offering students at Africa University the opportunity to pursue an online master’s degree in biotechnology program through Claflin University.
“The master’s in biotechnology program will significantly enhance our historic partnership with Africa University,” said Claflin President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack. “A master’s degree in biotechnology will increase employment opportunities considerably for their students in the global workforce. The program also expands Claflin’s brand throughout the continent. This will help us recruit talented diverse scholars, faculty, and researchers from Africa and other countries.”
Peter Mageto, acting vice chancellor at Africa University, added that “we see biotechnology as a program that will strengthen our relationship with Claflin. We also see this as an opportunity to develop an international program that will attract students from beyond our borders and impact how governments will begin to think about biotechnology and climate change. The enrollment numbers will be shocking because the program is both historic and unique.”