The Africa Network is a forum hosted by the Center for African Studies to bring campus and community Africanists together around issues of common interest. In 2005, Executive Dean Jackie Royster of the College of Arts and Sciences organized a working conference, bringing together people with diverse research, teaching and outreach interests in Southern Africa. From this beginning, the Africa Network grew to encompass people throughout the university—with some beyond its boundaries—who have interests, programs, and projects, not just in Southern Africa, but across the entire continent. In 2010 the Network was integrated into the Center. Through the Africa Network, CAS will continue to raise awareness of Africa-focused events and initiatives on and beyond our campus, and to foster partnerships across disciplines and across distances whenever possible.
African Students at OSU
There are currently over 700 students with affiliations to Africa, by birth and/or citizenship, who attend OSU (2016/17), both at the undergraduate and graduate level across departments. They come from 34 countries including Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Zambia. Although many are here as international students, others are part of large Diaspora communities now resident in the U.S. , such as those from Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya and Ghana. The Center for African Studies can facilitate contacts between African students and interested groups or individuals.