Atlanta University Consortium and Howard University Partner With Kenya on Technology-Driven Research

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Howard University, Mastercard’s Center for Inclusive Growth, and representatives from the United States and Kenyan governments have partnered to establish EDTECH Africa, a program aimed at fostering technology-driven research and educational exchanges between historically Black colleges and universities and African scholars.

The EDTECH Africa initiative was created to strengthen the higher education system in Kenya and create a global, diverse network of STEM researchers. Through the new program, scholars from Kenya will be given access to emerging technologies, ensuring a state-of-the-art education that will cultivate the next generation of Kenyan academic and professional leaders.

As part of the establishment of EDTECH Africa, the United States Agency for International Development will provide $850,000 to fund the program’s initial launch. Alongside the new exchange program, Microsoft announced a $500,000 investment to support students from Kenya and American HBCUs studying at the Microsoft Africa Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Atlanta University Center Consortium is a collaboration between four HBCUs in Atlanta, Georgia: Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

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