JULY 2018
Message From the Executive Director
Last week, I attended the Stavros Niachos Foundation (SNF) conference on disruption in philanthropy , education, health and other social issues. The conference was held Athens, Greece at the SNF Cultural Center. Next to the cultural center is the national library of Greece, a modern building beautifully renovated with funds from the SNF. One of the defining attributes of the library is that it holds 4,500 manuscripts from the 9th to the 19th century along with historical Hellenic documents and books.  

I found the cultural center, the library and the surrounding public spaces functional for the purpose of learning and enjoyment but most importantly inspirational. As I took in the beauty and the function of these buildings around me, I began to think about public spaces or social enterprises like universities, museums or libraries and by extension philanthropy in Africa. Where do young people in Africa find inspiration when interacting with public spaces? Are there places in Africa that we can point to and say an African philanthropist build that school or that museum for the edification and the education of those who participate? The answer to this question may be yes. 

However, I long for more. We need more social enterprises built and structured to inspire and to give back. Philanthropy is alive and well in Africa within families and churches. But it needs to be expanded and codified for public consumption to include the support of well-run local institutions.  Based on a quick search on the internet, there are 25 billionaires and 145,000 millionaires in Africa. I don't know if this is a lot or not enough. All I know is that if each millionaire or billionaire invested in local institutions with the three Ws: wealth, workers and wisdom, each person would leave a legacy that is built to last and inspire generations to come.

From my heart and mind,

Amini Kajunju  
Innovative University in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, Seeks Board Members for Its Atlanta-based Foundation

JUNE 25, 2018 |  PHIL BOLTON
An Atlanta-based foundation for the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB), an innovative institution in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, which was launched in 2007 with the support of Georgia State University, seeks board members interested in serving its mission to develop the necessary resources to make the university “a center of excellence” for higher education and to provide scholarships for deserving African students.

When francophone Côte d’Ivoire sought to reform its higher education system in the mid-1990s, Georgia State University stepped up to the challenge by joining with Ivorian educators in planning the development of a university where classes would be taught in English and modeled on American educational practices.

Such an innovative addition to a French-rooted educational system most probably would never have been possible if the country’s president at the time, Alassane Ouattara, hadn’t had an extensive background in U.S. educational institutions. After having completed his primary and secondary educations in West Africa, he received a bachelor of science degree in 1965 from Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia and a master’s and doctorate in economics in 1967 and 1972, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania. ( Read more... )
African Georgia State Graduate Sets an Example for Women in STEM Studies

JUNE 25, 2018 |  PHIL BOLTON
While growing up in Côte d’Ivoire, Sarran Deigna knew that her mother had been a good student with a special facility for mathematics. “If my Mom was so good at math, I should also be a good math student,” she told Global Atlanta during an interview in her office at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta in Midtown.

That realization was compounded by her step-father, Bakary Touré, whose father Saliou Touré was a former minister of higher education in the West African country. In 1984 Dr. Touré received the Medal of Francophonie for the coordination of the Interafrican Mathematics Collection of schoolbooks for French-speaking countries in Africa.

For many years, he also was the director of the Abidjan Mathematical Research Institute at the National University of Côte d’Ivoire and secretary-general of the Mathematical Union.
Ms. Deigna recalls that Dr. Touré’s photograph was on the cover of the math textbooks she received as a school girl. Today, however, she knows him as president of the  International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) , located some 20 miles to the southeast of Abidjan, the country’s capital. ( Read more... )
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The Foundation’s top priority is to provide scholarships for qualified students who require financial assistance to attend IUGB.  It is important that African students have access to a superior education regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion or economic status. This idea is the core of IUGB's vision to establish a regional center of excellence for higher education.

Most IUGB students need some form of financial aid and our goal is to help as many of these students as possible.

$100  - covers technology fee per semester per student

$200  - covers one credit hour per semester per student

$500  -covers library, lab, health and security fees per semester per student

$1,000  - covers five credit hours per semester per student

$3,800  - covers half of the yearly academic fees (excluding room and board) for one college student

$7,800  - covers all costs for the academic year (excluding room and board) for one college student
Opportunities and Events
Dear students and colleagues,
I’m glad to inform you that Schwarzman Scholars will host an Introduction Webinar specifically directed at students, young professionals and other prospective candidates from Africa . The webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 10 th , from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (= 6PM West Central Africa Time – WAT).  
We invite you to join the webinar and help spread the word about this opportunity among your networks in the continent. In order to register, please visit:

In this Introduction Webinar, alumni and members of Schwarzman Scholars' Global Admissions Team will be live to answer some of the questions and particular concerns shared by African applicants. The presentation will be in English.
For further information about this and other information sessions, as well as details of our now open application process, please visit https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org/