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Indiana University Strengthens Partnerships for Exchanges in South Africa
Date:9/4/2013

ich history of rising above oppression and believing in the power of education to create opportunity and positive change."

McRobbie is leading the IU delegation on a two-week trip to sub-Saharan Africa, the first by an IU president in over two decades. The trip's itinerary includes South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, where the university is seeking to foster new partnerships that will serve to increase the number of IU students studying abroad in Africa, attract more of Africa's top students to IU and foster more research collaborations among IU faculty and colleagues at South Africa's top research institutions.

To this end, McRobbie and Kelley School of Business Dean Idalene Kesner signed a formal partnership agreement between the Kelley School and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, or GIBS, which is considered the top business school for executive education in Africa. The agreement calls for, among other activities, the sharing of faculty expertise, collaborative research projects and future study abroad opportunities for students from both institutions.

This past week, McRobbie also met with administrators and faculty at GIBS' parent institution, the University of Pretoria, as well as with leaders at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town. He also met with South African Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to discuss future collaborative activities centered on IU's many academic strengths, including those housed in the university's internationally acclaimed African Studies Program.

The program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, is one of 11 federally funded Title VI area studies centers -- the largest number of such centers anywhere in the United States -- in IU's new School of Global and International Studies. The program offers more African languages than any other U.S. college or university, as well as a wide spectrum of academic offe
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