Conference: UMass Boston Attends Mainstreaming of Environment and Sustainability in African/Ethiopian Universities
November 20, 2012  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event, Featured  //  No Comment

Between the 17th and the 26th of November, UMass Boston will co-host a conference, Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African/Ethiopian Universities (MESA/MESE), with its esteemed collaborators, the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoAREC/N), UNEP, and Rhodes University at Addis Ababa University.  The conference, which begins on Monday, November 19th, is designed to guide University Presidents in Ethiopia and Africa towards a unified sustainability curriculum for Africa, and designed by Africans.

The UMass delegation, comprised of Provost Winston Langley, Prof. Maria Ivanova, and Michael Denney, will engage with a number of African universities with the aim of establishing meaningful collaborations on environmental and sustainability issues. Provost Langley will address of the conference on Wednesday, the 21st, and Prof. Ivanova will lead a workshop with students from Addis Ababa.

The Center for Governance and Sustainability has had an active relationship with HoAREC/N for the better part of four years. Together they explore biodiversity issues in the Gambella region of Ethiopia and address global environmental governance issues. This conference initiates a new phase in the relationship between the Center and HoAREC/N, as Provost Winston Langley will sign a new Memorandum of Understanding between UMass Boston and Addis Ababa University. The MOU will serve to allow student and personnel transfers between the two institutions, as well as facilitating joint projects in Africa and elsewhere.

For existing MESA educational toolkit documents, click here.

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About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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