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Universities Seek to Strengthen Ties in Africa and China [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

July 16, 2008

By Karen Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Officials from research universities meeting here this week agree there is a pressing need to build stronger and more sustained partnerships with African institutions. They also concur that such collaborations face real challenges.

International partnerships, particularly in Africa but also in China, have been the focus of a three-day meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, which wraps up today. The research-university group has made increasing the capacity of African institutions to meet the continent’s development needs a major priority and is seeking ways to build collaborations of a decade or more between U.S. and African colleges, in critical fields such as agriculture, health care, and teacher training.

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