The MIT-Africa Program empowers MIT students and faculty to advance knowledge and solve the world’s great challenges by connecting them with researchers, companies, and other partners in African countries. Specifically, MIT-Africa:
- Furthers MIT’s educational objectives by creating applied international learning opportunities for MIT students in African countries that increase their ability to understand and address real-world problems and build strong, meaningful intercultural connections with their host countries;
- Bolsters the Institute’s research mission by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty members and their counterparts in African countries via the MISTI Global Seed Funds Program;
- Partners with companies, universities, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and government entities on the African continent, especially those that serve as hosts and collaborators for our students and faculty, to address shared challenges;
- Collaborates with partners around the Institute and host public events, serving as a vital nexus of Africa oriented activity, to enable and inspire international projects and initiatives.
MIT-Africa Annual Reports
Each year, MISTI sends dozens of MIT interns to Africa. Placement countries include Uganda, Ghana, Mauritius, Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and others. Students work at universities, corporations, governments, and non-profits.
"My summer in South Africa raised my awareness of the diversity of human conditions. Working at a research unit in the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere expanded how I understand healthcare systems as well as clinical research."
--Ankita Reddy, 2019, Biology
MIT-Africa Travel Awards
The MIT-Africa Travel Awards Program, in partnership with the MIT Travel Office, provides air tickets to MIT students interested in pursuing the development of a startup or relevant research on the continent. MIT-AFRICA Travel Awards have been awarded to over 30 MIT students.
“MIT-Africa Travel Awards have been crucial in our goal to create Africa's Khan Academy.”
--Tunde Alawode, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Learn more about Tunde's experience here.
MIT-Global Startup Labs in Africa
MIT-GSL empowers young entrepreneurs in emerging regions by exporting MIT best practices for catalyzing startups. MIT-GSL in Africa has worked in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.
MIT-Africa Seed Funds
MIT-Africa seed funds support new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Africa and are open to applications from all disciplines. MIT’s Global Strategy envisions the creation of new region-specific platforms for cultivating, facilitating, and coordinating faculty and Institute-level collaborations in targeted countries and regions.
Below is the reach of MIT's engagements across the continent. Click here for additional details.