A Global Initiative – Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Africa Universities Fund, Inc. (AUF) on February 22, 2022, which expands Brookdale’s educational offerings and training opportunities to a global audience.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring the education of Brookdale Community College to the world,” said Dr. David M. Stout, President of Brookdale Community College. “This is the first time we have crossed the ocean to leverage the reach and power of online distance learning, which will not only benefit Nigerian students, but also be hugely beneficial to our students. . This will give them the opportunity to connect and interact directly with people from another country who share similar goals and dreams.
AUF strives to inspire, nurture and harness the skills, creativity and employability of millions of young people in Africa by raising awareness and advancing skills-based teaching and learning opportunities at the level of higher education.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the Board of Trustees for their support of our mission and to Dr Stout for his leadership,” said Sir Dr Joe Madu, Founder and President of the USAfrica Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. of the AUF. “Furthermore, I am grateful to Dr. Janice Thomas, Director of the Center for International Education and Mr. Ed Johnson, Executive Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations at Brookdale, for their tireless efforts to build bridges and break down barriers. and be a source of light.”
Through partnerships and collaboration with institutions of higher learning, AUF is committed to expanding resources and opportunities critical to empowering youth in Africa by democratizing access to education and training in science and technology.
“If we can train people in the new Data Science option offered by Brookdale, then they can contribute to their country and their families,” said Mr. Chijike K. Ndukwu, M.Sc., MS., Corporate Secretary. of the AUF. “Providing young Africans with the best higher education opportunities in the world, especially American education, is one element that reaffirms the economic, cultural and social bond that exists between Africa and the United States of America.”
This partnership will make it easier for Nigerian students to enroll in Brookdale’s degree and certificate programs: in-person and online. Also, support students enrolling in “future of work” STEM fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, data science, and other areas that build knowledge and youth skills in the digital economy.
The AUF plans to equip Learning Center on the Future of Work in Africa in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. This center will provide a live distance learning center for students enrolled in Brookdale’s online courses and will additionally serve as a resource center for information about American higher education and Brookdale in particular.
“It’s a great idea, and I want to thank your school for allowing us to use your platform, your expertise and your people and reach out to make a difference in other parts of the world” , said Ms. Magdalene Venn, Member of the Board of Directors. of the AUF.