U.S based Campbellsville University has announced a $30 million five-year empowerment plan for education in Africa. The intervention fund is being deplored to the continent to develop a network with educational partners in both public and private sectors in order to empower the African youth and invest in the future of Africa as well as forge the mission of Campbellsville University in the continent and throughout the globe.
Speaking at a roundtable to unveil the plan, the Dean of International Education at the University, Dr. Mego Haralu, who was on tour of some African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and Liberia, said the university is over the next five years investing the $30,000,000 in the youth of Africa, majority of who will come from Nigeria.
He said, “Campbellsville University will invest in the youth and students of Africa by awarding $15,000 to each qualified and exceptional student for each of the student’s four years of study in the undergraduate degree.”
“We project as many as 100 students per year to come to Campbellsville for the next five years for a projected 500 students. We strongly believe this will work out, and will translate into $1,500,000 per year in scholarships granted to students from Africa,” he added.
According to Haralu, in Nigeria, the University will partner with Ibadan based Citygate Institute of Innovation and Technology, adding that Rector of Citygate Institute of Innovation and Technology, Folajimi Fadenipo and his associates will oversee the operations of Campbellsville University’s affairs in Nigeria.
“Any individual or establishment, public or private, or any student who desires to partner with or want to study at Campbellsville University must do so through Mr. Fadenipo and his associates,” he stated.
He further explained that Nigerian students are academically strong, creative, and highly entrepreneurial with great leadership qualities. He explained that as a result of this, Campbellsville University employed a prominent Nigerian professor of business and director of programs who has been an employee of the university for 12 years.
Haralu also explained that Campbellsville is a Christian liberal arts university, which began in 1906, has seven campuses with its main campus in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and has over 4,200 students, stressing that the university serves its students with 80 disciplines of study.
“I am the Dean of International Education at Campbellsville University; I oversee the affairs and welfare of all international students from 50 countries in the university. My experience over the years, has established that the best place to empower the youth is in education. Campbellsville University is now focusing on Africa to achieve this goal. Campbellsville University has Nigerian students from Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Port Harcourt,” he said.
“As an institution, Campbellsville University will also pursue educational partnerships in both private and public sectors at the level of higher education in some very specialised fields like sports management, education and teachers training, high-tech vocational training in information technology. We will engage in academic-industry collaboration in Kenya, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Liberia and others in Pan-African nations.
“I welcome all Africans to embrace this news and opportunity and come together to help the youth of Africa as well as to further the mission of Campbellsville University in Pan-Africa.”