NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – Yale University President, Prof Peter Salovey’s visit in Kenya and Ghana is symbolic as it is important bringing to the fore the need for closer collaboration between cross-Atlantic academic and research institutions.
This is the first time a sitting president of Yale University has visited Africa in over 300 years since the establishment of the Ivy League university.
The visit comes on the eve of the 5th year of the Yale Africa initiative, a university-wide effort he announced at his inauguration in 2013.
The Initiative promotes African scholarship, contemporary discourse, and research at Yale and in Africa.
It also aims to strengthen Yale’s relationships with African institutions, increases career opportunities for Yale students across Africa, while attracting the best and the brightest African scholars to Yale.
This initiative has led to greater partnerships with various African governments, universities and individuals collaboratively tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing the continent ranging from health equity, environmental management, to economic development.
In Kenya, the African Academy of Sciences convened a symposium on Power of Partnership in Strengthening University Research.
Prof Salovey and his reaffirmed strong links with entities such as the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the National Museums of Kenya, The Kenyan Agricultural Research Organization (KALRO), the Mara Conservancy among others.
Yale University and Strathmore Business School also co-hosted a town hall forum on ‘Leadership and Impact” with Strathmore University as they welcomed Strathmore Business School to the Global Network for Advanced Management the first network member from the East Africa region.
In Ghana, events included the Yale Leadership Forum bringing together alumni of various Yale constituents such as the Senior African Women’s Leaders network, a group of prominent women in government; the Yale World Fellows, and other notable alumni.