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Partnership with ALA to Strengthen Diversity

Africa University (AU) expects to increase the number of African countries comprising its student body through a partnership with the African Leadership Academy (ALA).

The leadership academy is helping to enroll and financially support academically talented African students at Africa University.

ALA, the continent's only pan-African high school, seeks to transform Africa by developing the next generation of African leaders.

Professor Munashe Furusa, Africa University's vice chancellor, says the schools' relationship is a rewarding one.

"Our partnership with the African Leadership Academy (is) an ideal initiative and opportunity for Africa University to secure the brightest scholars from the academy and provide them with a quality education," Furusa said. "We have a shared mission to develop leaders for Africa. …The partnership allows us to maintain and enhance our diversity."

Six students sent by the academy currently are enrolled at AU. By 2017, AU anticipates an enrollment of 20 students from ALA.

Shared goals, such as leadership development and fostering cooperation to create lasting positive change in Africa, are the foundation of the collaboration.

"Our expectation is that they (the students) will be serious-minded individuals, ready to learn and excel in their studies so that they can rise and shine in their communities and give back to their nations," said Soladoye Ajiboye, registrar of Africa University.

Andra M. Stevens, Director, Communications, Africa University Development Office

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