Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology selected to host DR. SAMUEL ADU-PRAH

Published: 11 Jul 2017 Source:

The Collaborative Project will focus on Geospatial technology curriculum enhancement and training for social science research under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to Support Projects at 35 Universities in Africa.

KNUST, July, 2017 – The Department of Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology- KNUST was selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to host an African Diaspora scholar from Sam Houston State University to work on a collaborative project to improve the curriculum for teaching geospatial technology, organize and teach eight weeks Summer course for graduate students and faculty in geospatial technology in the Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST. The CADEP fellow will also collaborate with some senior members of KNUST on applied geospatial technology research. Dr. Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei, Head of the Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST, will lead the project, together with Dr. Samuel Adu-Prah, a Fellow from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA.

The proposed project will build on the existing collaboration between Dr. Samuel Adu-Prah and Dr. Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei from the host University. It will provide a long term relationship between Sam Houston State University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. It is envisioned that this will strengthen the capacity of the teaching staff for Ph.D supervision and mentoring of young scholars at the host university. At some point young scientists and students from the host and fellow’s home institutions will benefit from student and faculty exchange programs. KNUST through the project will have immediate benefit from the summer geospatial technology workshop being organized from 19th June to 20th July, 2017 through this collaboration. 

The faculty at KNUST will benefit from teaching materials and supervision of graduate research. In the long term, a shared database consisting of current research publications at the fellow’s institution will provide services for the students and faculty at KNUST. There is an opportunity for KNUST students to take online courses from the fellow’s University.  

The KNUST project is one of 43 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with one of 35 higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities in the coming months.  The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include research in banking and finance; developing curriculum in therapeutics and environmental toxicology; mentoring faculty in computer science; and teaching and mentoring graduate students in media and communications and in a new interdisciplinary public health program. To deepen the ties among the faculty members and between their home and host institutions, the program is providing support to several program alumni to enable them to build on successful collaborative projects they conducted in previous years.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fourth year, is designed to reverse Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council. A total of 282 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars (individually or in small groups) and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance. A total of 282 Fellows have now been selected since the program’s inception in 2013.

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