Madison College launches partnerships with African tech schools

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    Dr. Geoff Bradshaw and Stephanie Belmas of Madison College with Dr. Sylvie Mucyo, Vice Chancellor of Rwanda Polytechnic and staff commemorate the signing of a new partnership agreement. (Photo: Madison College)

    Madison College has been working to build relationships with African universities and colleges to boost workforce development and encourage students to pursue higher education and recently commemorated the partnerships with MOU signing ceremonies at the University of Technology, Tourism and Business (UTB) in Rwanda on April 26, Rwanda Polytechnic on April 29, and the Institute of Technical Education and Technology in Mauritius on May 2. 

    “Africa is one of the centers of global population and economic growth and it is critical for higher education institutions, including community colleges, to engage with African partners to position ourselves for the future,” said Dr. Geoff Bradshaw, Madison College Associate Vice President for Global Strategy, in a press release.

    Dr. Geoff Bradshaw and Vice Chancellor Dr. Sylvie Mucyo share signed MOU agreements between Madison College and Rwanda Polytechnic
    (Photo: Madison College)

    Bradshaw and Madison College Director of International Education Stephanie Belmas traveled to Africa to commemorate the signing and engage in planning discussions for institutional collaboration.

    Africa will become a global power in economic and international affairs; the continent’s population is expected to double by 2050, with $6.7 trillion in consumer and business spending by 2030, according to a press release from Madison College.

    “Madison College recognizes these powerful opportunities for collaboration across the continent,” Bradshaw said. “As our local community and the world become more influenced by Africa, it is important that our students have the understanding and background for this next era of globalization.”

    Partnerships will support local education as part of a newly established Global Studies Certificate at Madison College, that includes grant-funded study abroad programs in East Africa.