Welcome to AESEDA
“Africa and its people throughout the diaspora are full of wisdom, knowledge and beautiful smiles. Yet the continent faces major challenges today, and the solutions must come from those who care deeply about its people and traditions. In that light, TheAlliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa (AESEDA) aims to bring communities together, inspire youth and design solutions for inclusive future. We seek to connect students and faculty members from the Penn State community with partners across Africa and the African diaspora. We especially invite youth from underserved communities to join us in making a better tomorrow”
–Dr. Gregory Jenkins, Director of AESEDA
What We Do
AESEDA’s mission is to build partnerships between 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
Not only Africa’s populations are experiencing tremendous growth: According to the World Economic Forum, 50% of the world’s fastest growing economies have been African countries for nearly twenty years straight, and over 40% of Africans are projected to join the global middle and upper classes by 2030. Beginning in 2035, the number of young people reaching working age in African will exceed that for the rest of the world combined, and 1 in 4 people will be African by 2050 (Washington Post, 2018). 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.