EAHR Professor and Department Head Dr. Fred Nafukho was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. In Fall 2017, Dr. Nafukho will work at Kenya’s Kenyatta University in the newly established Innovation, Research, and Outreach Unit.
While at Kenyatta University, Dr. Nafukho and his colleague Dr. Frederick Gravenir will create a research strategic action plan aimed at promoting the research culture among faculty. The technology-centered research collaboration will offer educators and graduate students effective methods of harnessing technology to engage and promote learning. Dr. Nafukho will also work with faculty showcasing his work through the use of online courses.
Technology integration is a prominent focus of the Kenyan government. With the recent introduction of The School Laptop Project, the Kenyan Government aims to equip all primary school children with laptops to promote computing and digital learning.
The long-term impact of this research collaboration will be an increase in joint research publications and research grant activities among graduate students and faculty.
“I am grateful to the Carnegie Corporation of New York for the funding that will allow me to engage in collaborative research and curriculum development activities with graduate students and colleagues at Kenyatta University,” Dr. Nafukho said. “As scholars, we work in an interdependent, interconnected and global world, hence the need for increased collaboration and sharing of ideas.”
The Kenyatta University project is one of 69 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities. Dr. Nafukho is one of 70 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa beginning in December 2016 to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines.
Now in its fourth year, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has helped 239 African-born scholars who have been living and working in North America to connect with their peers at universities throughout Africa. The Fellowships are funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and continues to develop longstanding relationship between universities within these countries.
More information can be found at the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program website.