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East Africa Symposium to share research, development, perspectives on initiatives in the region

Campus community invited to learn more about UCalgary’s commitment to international development April 26

Students, faculty and staff are invited to share knowledge on research, development and perspectives on engagement in East Africa through a collaborative symposium April 26.

The symposium will feature poster presentations, roundtable discussions and various five- and 15-minute talks. Topics include anthropological research, human and land rights, maternal and child health, improving mental health, challenges in diagnosing and detecting malaria, supporting basic sciences teaching and research, and much more. The focus of the event is to engage the campus community and share information on different projects and initiatives ongoing in the region.

“We are very excited about this year’s Engagement in East Africa Symposium,” says Jennifer Hatfield, associate dean, strategic partnerships and community engagement in the Cumming School of Medicine. “Showcasing the work of the University of Calgary in this important region of the world makes collaboration and connection across many disciplines possible. Student participation, cross-disciplinary opportunities and a focus on capacity building are themes this time around. Those attending will have an opportunity to not only learn about our international engagement but will find colleagues and fellow students who have a passion for global work.”

East Africa is a region of focus in the University of Calgary’s International Strategy, and the university’s presence in East Africa has been ongoing for over a decade through education, research and capacity building. Approximately $14 million worth of international development projects in East Africa are being implemented with the support of Global Affairs Canada, International Development Research Centre, Universities Canada and private foundations.

“UCalgary’s work with its partners in East Africa is a reflection of our commitment to international development,” says Savera Hayat-Dade, director, programs and international development unit. “We thank our partners and donors for their continued support of our programs.”

The East Africa Symposium was put together as a joint effort across campus, with support from University of Calgary InternationalCumming School of MedicineWerklund School of Education and the Faculty of Arts.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, April 26

Time: 8:40 a.m. - 1 p.m. *Doors open at 8.

Place: Alberta Room, Dining Centre

Register for this event.