MSU AND AFRICA
- More than 160 faculty members conduct research and outreach efforts in 32 African nations.
- MSU’s African Studies Center is one of nine Title VI National Resource Centers on Africa designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
- MSU offers courses in more than 30 African languages—from Acholi to Zulu.
- Undergraduate and graduate students work with more than 150 faculty specialists on Africa in more than 45 departments across campus.
- MSU offers more than 26 study abroad programs in Africa—more than any other university in the nation—and more than 1,300 MSU students have studied in Africa.
- More than 1,200 African students have earned an MSU degree since the 1970s.
When Michigan State University hosts legendary rock band U2, music fans will come together in Spartan Stadium for one memorable evening. But the next day—and every day—MSU and U2 will both continue their work to make the world a better place.
Known for their activism as well as their music, U2’s Bono and fellow band members have supported a range of human rights causes and organizations, including Amnesty International, Product (RED), and ONE—a campaign and advocacy organization cofounded by Bono that is committed to ending extreme poverty and disease, particularly in Africa.
“We’re very pleased to host Bono and U2 at Spartan Stadium. He’s been a tremendous global activist, especially in Africa,” says MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “MSU’s engagement in Africa began in 1960 with a partnership to build Africa’s first land-grant university. We’ve been there ever since—focused on critical issues including food security, health, environmental sustainability, and education—so it’s a natural fit for him to include a stop here at Michigan State.”
For more than half a century, MSU has been a national academic leader on an array of issues related to Africa, collaborating with universities, individuals, and communities in Africa to fight diseases such as malaria; develop more nutritious and disease-resistant crops; train Africa’s future physicians, farmers, and leaders; and more.
The weekend of the U2 concert, MSU is hosting the 2011 Midwest Summit on African Development, a forum for scholars, students, members of the African diplomatic corps, and representatives of foundations, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations to discuss their roles in support of African development. The public is invited to participate in the conversation at a town hall meeting Sunday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kellogg Center on the MSU campus.