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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
October 27, 2016
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Joint program, Laurier and Ashesi University in Ghana

Wilfrid Laurier University is building stronger ties with Africa thanks to a collaborative effort between the Human Rights & Human Diversity program at the Brantford campus and the Global Studies program in Waterloo, with support from Laurier International.

The group collaborated on a federal funding proposal for a program that will see courses delivered jointly to students from Laurier and Ghana’s Ashesi University via Skype starting in September 2012.

“This is a huge opportunity for Laurier to establish a stronger relationship with Africa,” said Peter Donahue, director of Laurier International. “It also fits within Laurier’s academic plan, in the areas of global citizenship and social justice, and will allow Laurier students to gain a broader, more diverse perspective.”

In addition to the in-class component, 23 Laurier students will receive funding for internships in Ghana, and four graduate students from Ghana’s University of Cape Coast will receive internships to study at Laurier. The first group of Laurier students participating in an internship in Ghana will leave in May 2012. Ghanian students will come to Laurier starting in September 2012.

“Students from both campuses will get to be engaged,” said Donahue. “I think there are some really interesting opportunities for growth and continued collaboration with our African partners on both campuses.”

Laurier received a total of $264,000 for the four-year grant, which is part of an updated CIDA-funding program, administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) through its Students for Development (SFD) program.