Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

N.C. A&T, Senegalese University Sign Collaborative Agreement

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

N.C. A&T, Senegalese University Sign Collaborative Agreement

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Senegal's largest university and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have signed a memorandum of understanding, which will entail student and faculty exchanges, as well as possibilities for collaborative research and outreach.

University Cheikh Anta Diop, a Senegalese university with an enrollment of 26,000 students, and N.C. A&T have complementary strengths and serve students with similar interests, says Dr. Earnestine Psalmonds, A&T's vice chancellor for research.

"Cheikh Anta Diop has a strong reputation in science and technology, as well as in languages and other humanities," says Psalmonds. "They also have expressed solid commitment to study-abroad programs for faculty and students. Working with them, our faculty and students will have opportunities to learn from top-notch scholars, and the same will hold true for their faculty and students."

A delegation of 10 Cheikh Anta Diop faculty and administrators recently visited A&T in conjunction with the signing. Among the visitors was Dr. Oumar Sock, director of the University Polytechnic at Cheikh Anta Diop. Sock's son has enrolled at A&T this semester to study computer science.

"Dr. Psalmonds has been like a mother for past Senegalese students enrolled at A&T," says Sock. "That kind of commitment and the quality of A&T's faculty and the overall institution makes us feel like we have a partner with whom we can develop a mutually beneficial kinship."

Though the signed agreement is new, A&T's involvement with the West African nation is not. …

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