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Report Analyzes Engagements Between African Diaspora Academics and African Institutions of Higher Education

How diasporas are increasingly seen as potential assets for the development, democratization, reconstruction, and globalization of their home countries


Engagements Between African Diaspora Academics in the U.S. and Canada and African Institutions of Higher Education: Perspectives from North America and Africa offers concrete proposals on how more effective strategies for engagement might be established between African diaspora academics in Canada and the United States and African institutions of higher education.

This 2013 report by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza for Carnegie Corporation of New York offers a summary and assessment of university policy implications from the findings of two previous projects — an investigation into the role of the diaspora in international politics and development and a look at the internationalization of higher education.

“Diasporas from the global South located in the global North are seen more and more as potential assets for the development, democratization, reconstruction, and globalization of their home countries,” Zeleza writes in the report’s summary. “The growing valorization of diaspora engagement and mainstreaming is captured in the shift of metaphors used to describe skilled labor migration from ‘brain drain’ to ‘brain gain’ to ‘brain circulation.’”



Top: Students in Lagos University in Nigeria, West Africa. (Credit: Frédéric Soltan/Getty Images)