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Letter from Saint-Louis (3): for a multi-African College enriched by the mobility of its actors

By Amadou Diaw , Founder of ISM Group.

“We must open up our continent and turn it into a powerhouse »

Achille Mbembe.

Tomorrow’s African University has the challenge of creating the future of many continents.

The university invents the future. Souleymane Bachir participates in the “manufacturing factory of the future”, as Diagne famously put it. It trains those who will live and invent the future. To do this, we must first design tomorrow’s society, then define the appropriate learning.

Rootedness yes, yes to the affirmation of this diversity that ensures the richness of our countries.

No to the retreat of the community, which destroys the concept of “nation”.

The abolition of large boarding schools in secondary schools, the cruise of the concept of “nation” and then the difficult integration of new students into the jungle of campuses will contribute to the creation of communities in or around several universities in Africa. ‘village of origin. Not surprisingly, often these groups quickly become stepping stones or political shortcuts for some.

Instead of being rooted in his traditions, the student withdrew into himself, avoiding opening up to the Self, to “Being the World”.

Solution: Strong student, national, regional and then continental mobility. Mobility among African universities themselves is pluraletc.

Our countries are rich in cultural diversity. Africa is plural. This is what makes him rich. This is why it is important to create an educational space rich in diversity. And this is when young Africans go beyond the traditional evolutionary zone. Let’s take action within our universities.

Action 1. Creation of continental academic mobility program.

The program should be structured primarily at the national and regional level. In all universities, English will have an important place alongside African languages ​​such as Swahili.

For example, before receiving his degree, a Thies University student will spend an L2 exchange semester in Ziguinchor and then an L3 semester in Cotonou.

Continental: After a year of improving English in Ibadan or Accra, the student will intern at a Start Up in Kigali or Diamniadio.

Action 2. Promote and enhance two new university practices that organize and facilitate mobility.

In each of the UFR or faculties, two functions will be basic and important. incoming administration “and” Outgoing Management »

incoming function, responsible for the selection, reception and integration of students from other countries.

output function, is responsible for the preparation, support and follow-up of exchange students.

In practice, our experience allows us to confirm that the mobility program requires better listening and individual follow-up of the student.

Action 3. Develop an International Visit Program by opening the doors of many African countries to thousands of students from other continents.

Let’s open our universities to students from Asia, Europe and America. Learn to accept them. Let’s irradiate the continentRuh Teranga “. These international programs are primarily a new source of income. The events of Luxembourg and Australia must be shared*. The incoming students discover our cultures. They study our history. They drink from the characteristics of Africa. They draw from the source of the humanities. They get to know us. Many prejudices are removed. the Living together thus it makes sense.

Our continent must once again become this vast space of circulation where many intellectual paths intersect. Yesterday, Timbuktu, Gahiruan and Makerere were mandatory crossings. For 30 years, together with others, we have been sowing seeds for the intersection of tomorrow.

With Patrick Awuah at Ashesi University, Kigali, Next Einstein Forum, Port Louis, Fred Swaniker, founder of African Leadership University, Bengerir, an impressive initiative with OCP. The intellectual and scientific intersection of tomorrow emerges from African soil. The baobabs rise in silence.

Yes, to the plural university. This is the basis for rebuilding our peoples, building a united Africa, and moving beyond pan-Africanist discourse. .

Kwame Nkrumah whispers in our ears, “Finally, action. it was time”


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* Luxembourg is the country with the highest proportion of foreign students in universities in the world (48.6%), ahead of Australia (28.4%), New Zealand (20.8%).

* On the same subject, Amadou Diaw published two chronicles (1) and (2) for the reconstruction of the African University.

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