Office of Global Partnerships, Africa
The Office of Global Partnerships, Africa (GPA) is overseen by an Executive Director with effect from July 1, 2020. The creation of GPA is in line with the mantra of African Initiative started in 2018 with the creation of the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Recruitment - Africa.
The Africa Initiatives
The basis upon which the Office of Strategic Partners and Recruitment (Africa) was created dates back to November 28th, 2017 when Morgan hosted twelve Vice Chancellors from Nigerian Universities that concluded in formalizing relationships through MOU signing with four. Subsequently, President Wilson visited Nigeria twice as a keynote Speaker that highlighted the Morgan vision for a globalized education.
Other initiatives by President Wilson, in Ghana for instance, aim of sustaining postgraduate programs and assisting in the increase of critical doctoral degree needs through universities in Africa generally remained a significant purpose in the emergence of an this Office. The creation and approval of the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Recruitment (Africa) is primarily aimed at developing human capacity through sustainable partnerships with universities in Africa by furthering increased graduate admissions into the various disciplines that address targeted needs of the continent.
The major stride in this directive is the signing of the MOU with the largest human capacity development Agency on the continent in May 2020. The Agreement with Tertiary Eduction Trust Fund (TetFund) is an indication of the visionary goal of President Wilson supported by Provost Young and AVP Astatke. Hence, from July 1st 2020, a new stage was birthed with the creation of the Office of Global Partnerships - Africa with Professor Hakeem Tijani as its Pioneer Executive Director.
Foci and Operations:
- Manage all affairs relating to global partnerships with emphasis on Africa
- Directs all strategic partnerships with institutions of higher education; private and public, in Africa
- Develop a strategic plan that implements existing memoranda and fosters new partnerships in Africa
- Identify, create and sustain short executive courses for heads of tertiary institutions in Africa
- Manage, analyze, and track overall successes of partnerships and recruitment in Africa
- Management of Administrative/Operations Office in Africa with a long term goal of establishing a Morgan campus in Africa
- Analyze and interpret both US federal laws and Cross Border Education policies in African countries
- Develop and sustain a recruitment plan for Africa focusing on undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral and professional students
- Serve as host/facilitator to/for Morgan Faculty and Study Abroad/Away Students in Africa
- Seek grants for Africa-focused-internationalization of Morgan programs
- Organize Africa-focused international conferences in collaboration with Morgan Departments, Schools/College
- Assist interested international students from Africa with the application process
- Organize and manage the welfare and social activities of recruited African students at Morgan
- Organize sensitization workshops for recruited students before departure, and liaise with US Embassy for visa
Dr. Hakeem I. Tijani, Executive Director
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251