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THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF ZANZIBAR

PRESS RELEASE

The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) has been selected among 23 universities across
Africa under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (ADF) to receive the first
round of 33 African-born academics working in North America.
Under the project, scholars in the diaspora will be supported to return to Africa for academic
collaborations initiated by African institutions.

Dr Charles Bwenge from the University of Florida’s Department of Languages, Literatures
and Cultures will be at the university under the project: Curriculum Co-Development for a
New Programme in Teaching Swahili as a Foreign Language. Apart from Dr. Bwenge, there
will be Dr. Alwiya Omar from the Department of Linguistics at the Indiana University, who
will assist SUZA in teaching Masters and PhD programmes in Swahili. She will also engage
in students’ supervision, and conduct some public lectures at the Global Centre for Swahili
Studies and Advancement of the SUZA. These top flying academicians who will participate
in graduate student training and mentoring will be hosted by the State University of Zanzibar.

The fellowship programme was launched last October, and will run for two years. It aims to
“turn the continent’s ‘brain drain’ into ‘brain gain’” and to encourage academic exchange and
collaboration.

One hundred fellowships are being offered to African-born academics living in the United
States and Canada to work temporarily at and with African universities.
According to the announcement by ADF, in the first cycle, the 33 diaspora fellows selected
by an advisory council will work on the 31 winning projects submitted by institutions in
Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania/Zanzibar and Uganda – the six countries
where Carnegie operates in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Development and Advancement of Swahili language is one of the priority foci for the State
University of Zanzibar. This language is the heritage of Zanzibar, based on this fact; the
University has determined to invest into making itself the world’s institution for quality
training and research services.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (ADF) is a scholar fellowship
programme for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by
Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Quinnipiac University (QU), the
programme is funded by a two-year grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY),
to support 100 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics. The programme
exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and
administers the programme, including applications, project requests and fellowships while
QU provides strategic direction.