Carleton University’s Samuel Ajila, professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, was awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Ajila was awarded a fellowship to travel to South Africa and work with Tshwane University of Technology’s Prof. Sunday O. Ojo on a project that mentors graduate students in computer science to help develop their research capacity.
“The fellowship will give me the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas with African machine learning scholars about big data analytics, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Ajila. “It is a pleasure to interact with new information technology researchers and have a positive impact on their research and development.”
The Carleton project is part of a broader initiative that will pair 51 African diaspora scholars with one of 43 higher-education institutions and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities.
The visiting fellows will work with their hosts on projects that include controlling malaria, strengthening peace and conflict studies, developing a new master’s degree in emergency medicine, training and mentoring graduate students in criminal justice, archiving African Indigenous knowledge, creating low-cost water treatment technologies, building capacity in microbiology and pathogen genomics, and developing a forensic accounting curriculum.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its sixth year, is designed to build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa, the United States and Canada. It is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the IIE in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which co-ordinates the activities of the advisory council. A total of 385 African Diaspora Fellowships have been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.
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