Brookdale Community College is going global.
Earlier this week, Brookdale officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Universities Fund that will expand Brookdale’s educational offerings and training opportunities to a global audience.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring Brookdale Community College’s education to the world,” said Brookdale Community College President David Stout. “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. .
“It will give them the opportunity to connect and interact live with people from another country who share similar goals and dreams.”
This partnership will make it easier for Nigerian students to enroll in Brookdale’s degree and certificate programs, both in-person and online. Additionally, it will support students enrolling in “future of work” STEM fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, data science, and other areas that strengthen knowledge and skills of young people in the digital economy.
AUF plans to equip the Future of Work Africa Learning Center in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. This center will provide a live distance learning hub for students enrolled in Brookdale online courses and will additionally serve as a resource center for information about American higher education, and Brookdale in particular.
Joe Madu, Founder and President of the US Africa Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the AUF Board of Directors, said his group was grateful for the partnership.
“I express my gratitude for the support of our mission on the Board and for the leadership of Dr. Stout,” he said. “Furthermore, I am grateful to Dr. Janice Thomas, Director of the International Center for 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. barriers and be a source of light.”
AUF officials said they strive to inspire, nurture and harness the skills, creativity and employability of millions of young people in Africa by creating awareness and advancing competence-based teaching and learning opportunities at higher education level.
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.
Chijike Ndukwu, secretary general of the African Universities Fund, said the possibilities are vast.
“If we can train people in the new data science option offered by Brookdale, then they can contribute to their country and their families,” he said. “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.”
Magdalene Venn, board member of the African Universities Fund, said she hopes the partnership will set a big precedent.
“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” , she said.