Partnerships

Penn State's strategy for global engagement is founded on the recognition that the global issues of the 21st century are multifaceted, complex, and often span numerous fields, disciplines and geographic regions. They can only be addressed effectively through international partnerships in scholarship that take advantage of the diverse knowledge and experience of scholars, educators and practitioners across the globe.

The cornerstone of the Penn State strategy for globalization is to link with leading academic, public and private sector institutions in a Global Engagement Network that integrates research, scholarship, education and service to advance knowledge, address complex challenges and educate responsible global citizens.

Engagement Through Collaboration and Partnerships

Penn State’s strategy for engagement in Africa revolves around the development of long-term partnerships and collaborative programs with African institutions.  At the core, is a long-term, multi-faceted strategic partnership with the University of Cape Town, South Africa that serves as the locus for a significant proportion of the University’s undertakings in Africa, and forms one of the primary links in the Global Engagement Network.

  1. University of Cape Town

    Penn State and the University of Cape Town (UCT) signed a broad institutional agreement in May 2011 to pursue a long-term strategic partnership that would link the two institutions academically through our tripartite mission of teaching, research and service.  This...

The broad institutional partnership with the University of Cape Town is supplemented by more targeted relationships with academic, governmental, non-governmental, and private sector entities around specific thematic programs.

South Africa

  1. University of the Witwatersrand

    The University of the Witwatersrand and Penn State are partnered in AfricaArray: AfricaArray is a major program for geophysics research and for science capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa.  The program originated as a collaborative project between the two universities and...
  2. Western Cape Province

    In South Africa, these targeted relationships are further used to concentrate a Penn State presence in the Western Cape.  These include:   Global Health/Nursing and partnerships with UCT and the University of the Western Cape. Critical Philosophy of Race, which...
  3. Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency

    The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency is partnered with Penn State and the University of Cape Town on two major long-term projects: Parks and People: South Africa.  Parks and People is an integrated teaching, research and outreach program focused...

Kenya

  1. University of Nairobi

    Penn State and the University of Nairobi have partnered in several projects in the past.  Currently the two collaborate on the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship(HESE) program.  HESE brings together students and faculty from various disciplines to develop innovative and...
  2. Jomo Kenyatta University

    Penn State and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology are partners in the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program.  HESE brings together students and faculty from various disciplines to develop innovative and practical technology-based solutions to address...
  3. Children and Youth Empowerment Centre

    Penn State has a long term and on-going partnership with the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre (Nyeri) on the Zawadi EcoVillage project. The Centre is located approximately 175 kilometers north of Nairobi in the outskirts of Nyeri town, the administrative headquarters...

Nigeria

  1. AESEDA Nigeria

    AESEDA has partnerships with several universities, government agencies and private companies in Nigeria.  As a result these institutions came together to form AESEDA Nigeria.  In addition, AESEDA has an agreement with the NiIgerian Universities Commission (the government agency with oversight...

Tanzania

  1. Tumaini University Makumira

    Penn State and the Tumaini University (Makumira University College) are partners in the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program.  HESE brings together students and faculty from various disciplines to develop innovative and practical technology-based solutions to address the most...

Numerous research projects are also underway in additional countries throughout North and sub-Saharan Africa.  These research programs tend to be short-term, project based, activities rather than long-term institutional collaborations.  Such programming serves to diversify activities and provides additional opportunities for faculty research and student engagement.  These collaborations involve the countries and institutions noted above, but many others in addition.  Information on these partnerships may be found in the descriptions of specific programs and research projects.