Pitt Embraces Africa!

Pitt Embraces Africa builds on the Global Plan for Pitt, with the goal of taking Pitt to the world and bringing the world to Pitt; preparing and supporting globally minded students, faculty, and staff; ensuring global impact; and providing global operations support.

Of late, the Pitt Embraces Africa efforts have been focused on developing and strengthening relationships in Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and Pitt has several interdisciplinary teams establishing research collaborations with institutions in these countries.

Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and Director of the University Center for International Studies Ariel Armony is one of the initiative’s strongest supporters. Armony said, “Pitt Embraces Africa is a wonderful way to bring together all of the University’s work in and around the continent...We are launching some exciting partnerships and new opportunities for students. Embracing Africa is embracing the future, and I’m thrilled at current developments and even more excited for what’s to come.”

Recent Initiatives

Africa Business Initiative

Location: South Africa
Contact: Paul T. Harper

The Africa Business Initiative, a collaboration of Pitt Business and the University’s Center for African Studies, provides opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to connect with the world’s second largest continent through partnerships, fellowships, and global exchanges. The mission of...

Developing an eLearning tool to Improve Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis in Nigeria

Location: Nigeria
Contact: Dr. Abi Fapohunda

Dr. Abi Fapohunda is working with the Lakeshore Cancer Center in Lagos, Nigeria to assess and improve cancer screening for patients. Dr. Fapohunda is a trained epidemiologist and health educator with over seventeen years’ experience of running her consulting company and being in public health,...

Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC)

Location: Nigeria
Contact: Dr. Bopaya Bidanda

Dr. Bopaya Bidanda is the Ernest Roth Professor in the Swanson School of Engineering. He is the founder and lead partner of the Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) program, which trains students and community members for careers in manufacturing at little to no cost to those who participate....