Prairie View A&M University Initiates Partnerships With Six Universities in Africa

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas is spearheading a new multidisciplinary effort to help improve food security, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and social welfare in Africa. Led by Camille Gibson, interim dean of the College of Juvenile Justice, the Pacesetters Initiative will gradually link to courses within the university’s Colleges and Schools of Engineering, Agriculture and Human Sciences, Business, and Juvenile Justice, and eventually provide students with the opportunity to travel abroad to conduct research and learn and work alongside students, faculty and industry leaders in specific African nations.

Through the new relationship, Prairie View A&M University has forged formal academic partnerships with:

  • Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya
  • The University of The Gambia, The Gambia
  • The University of Liberia, Liberia
  • Covington University, Liberia
  • Bong County Technical College, Liberia

“It’s an opportunity, in keeping with the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan for the next decade, for our students to be more internationally engaged with serious issues,” said Dr. Gibson, who is also a professor of justice studies at the university.

Professor Gibson holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Florida. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the City University of New York.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I need to see the MOU of this suspect partnership with these “African Universities”. It’s quite evident each of these so-called “African Universities” have not solved these long ongoing issues ranging from” food security, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and social welfare in Africa”. As a result, who will really benefit the most from this suspect partnership, honestly? We know it will not be Prairie View A&M University. Thereby, I seriously question Camille Gibson overall motives.

    In fact, if Camille Gibson is so concerned about these issues, I do not recall seeing Prairie View A& M University in any similar partnerships with other HBCUs that are located in areas with high percentages of native born Black Americans. I forgot, Camille Gibson is not a native born Black American.

  2. I’d just like to point you to the opening paragraph: “Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas is spearheading a new multidisciplinary effort to help improve food security, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and social welfare in Africa.” Emphasis on; “To help improve…” Any engagement of students outside of their traditional environment for the purpose of learning and doing good can only serve to enrich their academic experience. To suggest that these issues need to have been solved before engaging with institutions and businesses on the continent ignores the fact that we in the US are also trying to solve these problems. I applaud the effort of Dr. Gibson. The experience for some of these students will be life changing in many positive ways.

  3. It appears that we have someone whose definitely not a native born Black American speaking on “Black American educational issues”. For starters, you’re in No position to speak on this issue. Further, your entire comment is literally a “copy and paste” from the article which clearly shows your lack of critical thinking, logic, HBCU history, and ability to express yourself in written form. I wonder what’s the probability that you come from one of those Third World African countries Camille Gibson is partnering. Again, this partnership does not pass the smell test. Wadaean Mahmud.

  4. For starters it is, “who’s and not Whose” but that aside, upon reflection of your comments I feel the better response to your obvious attempt to incite is to suggest that you seek enlightenment, guidance and self-love from a higher power. Wishing you much peace and love. Your Native Born African American Brother.

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