Welcome to AESEDA
“Africa and its people throughout the diaspora are full of wisdom, knowledge and beautiful smiles. Yet, the continent faces major challenges and the solutions must come from those who care deeply about the people and its traditions. In that light, the Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering, and Design with Africa (AESEDA) aims to bring communities together, inspire youth and design solutions for evolving challenges and opportunities. We seek to connect students and faculty members from the PSU community with partners throughout the African continent. We also invite youth from underserved communities to join us for a better tomorrow”
–Dr. Gregory Jenkins, Director of AESEDA
What We Do
AESEDA’s mission and primary goal are to build partnerships with African Institutions and Penn State’s education and research programs. AESEDA serves as a conduit for the teaching, research, service programs that develop and foster new and grow existing collaborations. Second, we seek to enhance collaboration with African professionals and institutions on existing and new programs and projects associated with education (traditional or online), research in sciences (natural, physical, health), engineering, design, and related interdisciplinary activities which have high impact, and can be operationalized and have the properties of scalability (local and regional levels)
Build The Future
African countries’ populations and economies are two of the fastest growing in the world. According to recent research and statistics conducted by the Center for International Policy, almost half of the countries with the highest annual growth rate have in Africa since 2000. Furthermore, 43 percent of all Africans are projected to join the ranks of the global middle and upper classes. Beginning in 2035, the number of young people reaching working age in African will exceed that of the rest for the world combined and by 2050, every four humans will be African (Washington Post, 2018; The Future is African – and the United States is not prepared). The trajectory of Africa’s development will massively impact the future of our planet. Linking research to actionable outcomes today is a unique opportunity to affect positive change for Africa’s 1+ billion new urban citizens in the coming decades. Join us as we advance the conversation around how researchers at Penn State can better network our networks to scale research in and around Africa — collaboratively — to
instrumentalize the impact of that research on the ground, across both the African continent and diaspora.