King's College London has received a £10 million donation from Nigerian philanthropist, lawyer, and University of London alumnus Aare Afe Babalola to establish the Afe Babalola African Centre for Transnational Education. This center will work with the University of London and a consortium of top African universities to develop a bespoke program for Africa, providing blended and online courses for young Africans.
The center aims to empower Africa's talented youth through education, enabling them to contribute meaningfully to their communities and the world. It will offer accessible blended and online programs for students whose higher education journeys have been disrupted by conflict, displacement, or other transitions. Post-graduate modules can be combined to create professional qualifications, ranging from diplomas to Master's degrees. Aare Afe Babalola's donation, along with other funding partners, will also provide scholarships for bright students who would otherwise not have access to these programs.
The bespoke program for Africa will focus on topics that equip young people with society-relevant knowledge and skills, such as law, health, engineering, peace and security, and leadership. This initiative is inspired by Aare Afe Babalola's own experiences, who benefited from the transformative power of remote learning, earning degrees in Economics and Law from the University of London.
This partnership builds on King's College London and the University of London's longstanding commitment to Africa. It aims to work collaboratively with African academics and institutions to deliver education and impactful research partnerships in the region for everyone's benefit.
The University of London's Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE) will also contribute to the project. CODE is an internationally recognized center of excellence with a global network of fellows that work with national and local organizations to support capacity building and staff development in higher education.