Harper’s East Africa Field Seminar

 

Faculty Cohort

We are a group of faculty from Harper College, representing a variety of departments and disciplines from Anthropology, English, Astronomy, and Humanities to Human Services, Sociology, and Geography. Through a unique professional development program, we are embarking on a two-week journey to Uganda and Rwanda. We will be meeting with faculty and administrators from Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and the National University of Rwanda. We shall also meet industry professionals and researchers in fields that are allied to our disciplines. This Faculty International Seminar is designed to equip our faculty with the knowledge and direct experiences required to effectively contribute towards the preparation of students for careers and citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world. In order to graduate globally competent students, our faculty will increasingly need to be globally-minded themselves. Faculty participating are creating curriculum projects for infusion upon their return, will acquire new competencies in cross-cultural communication, become proficient in effective study abroad design, and gain the ability to mentor students based on their field experiences in East Africa.

And why Africa, you might ask? The African continent is widely seen as an increasingly important player in the global economy, which can be demonstrated by impressive economic growth rates attained by many countries since the turn of the century. Between 2001 and 2010 six of the world’s fastest growing economies were in Africa. According to The Economist, the continent surpassed Asia in average GDP growth between 2000 and 2005 (January 2011). This dramatic growth has been driven by a combination of free market reforms (starting in the late 1980s), increased political stability, the end of major Cold War era conflicts, and natural resource demand from China. The probability that our students will work for employers with direct or indirect business interests or connections to emerging markets (including Africa) is high. The continent is also poorly understood in the United States and is sometimes thought of as a country.

As a blanket of presumptuous snow falls on the northwest suburbs of Chicago, we depart this frigid realm. Keep track of our journey through this blog.

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8 thoughts on “Harper’s East Africa Field Seminar

  1. Best wishes to you on this incredible experience. I’ll be checking this blog site for your insights, photos, and commentaries. Represent Harper well!

    Jill Izumikawa
    International Student Services
    Harper College

  2. So excited for all of you (and jealous). Have a safe and rewarding trip. Looking forward to your blogs.

  3. So excited for all of you! Please take lots of pictures and have fun! Looking forward to reading about this incredible journey!

  4. Sending you positive vibes to each and everyone one of you on this extraordinary adventure. I can’t wait to hear about it!

  5. Hi everyone! Bon voyage- I wish you safe, fun, and enriching travels. Be sure to post photos along the way.

  6. Thank you for writing this beautiful blog to share your amazing experiences. I now have a much better feel for your work there and am so glad you are having a great trip.

  7. You people, you enjoyed the trip and many lessons were learnt about Africa (Uganda and Rwanda). We look forward to hosting you again and again. Jimrex Byamugisha

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