Former Indiana senator Richard Lugar presented the George Herbert Walker Jr. Lecture in International Studies at Yale on January 14. Sponsored by the MacMillan Center, his lecture was titled “Modern American Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World.”
The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization hosted a colloquium on African human and economic development April 13-15 titled Africa at a Fork in the Road: Taking Off or Disappointment Once Again? Conceived by Center Director Ernesto Zedillo, it was the second in a series of colloquia whose general purpose is to discuss in depth key aspects of the economic evolution of some of the emerging players in the global economy.
The University of Ghana has become the newest partner institution to join the Fox International Fellowships. In an agreement signed by Yale University President Peter Salovey and the University of Ghana Vice Chancellor Ernest Aryeetey at a conference about economic development in Africa, the University of Ghana became the 13th university to partner with Yale through the Fox Fellowships.
Since President Salovey announced Yale's enhanced focus on Africa in his inaugural speech, there have been a number of exciting developments on campus and on the continent. Yale was selected as one of 20 academic institutions each to host a cohort of 25 emerging leaders from Africa this summer for a program funded by the U.S. Department of State. Ghanaian President John Mahama has announced a partnership with Yale and the Ministry of Health, IBM and ONE to help Ghana become the first African country to eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of AIDS. Yale College has continued increasing the number of students admitted from Africa with a record freshman class of 21 students from the continent starting next fall. Founder of the Women for Africa Foundation and former vice-president of Spain, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, has partnered with Yale to host a group of African women leaders from the governmental, business, and NGO sectors for an executive training session on campus in spring 2015.