The African Alumni Project


The African Alumni Project is a visionary initiative of seven renowned educational institutions that believe more can be done to engage and connect African Alumni of international universities. These seven partners have joined forces to learn about the career and life trajectories of their African Alumni, an idea that evolved from their participation in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The multi-disciplinary research team has designed a pioneering project to advance understanding of the myriad ways that Africans who study abroad pursue their careers and relate to their home countries and the African continent. Lessons learned from this study will guide partners to improve the environment for current and future African students, including the hundreds of MasterCard Foundation Scholars studying at our respective institutions, and will shed light on the barriers and enabling factors related to return.

We’re excited to share with you the findings of our multi-university, collaborative research study. For an abridged version of the final report, Career Choices, Return Paths and Social Contributions: African Alumni Project, click here. For a copy of the full report, click here. To send us feedback on the report(s), please contact lead author, Robin Marsh at [email protected].

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Get involved!

Whether you are an alum, a student, a researcher, or on staff at any of our partner universities, there are plenty of ways to get involved with this exciting project. If you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you, so please be in touch.

Connect With Us

For more than 50 years our individual Alumni have been leading the world. Imagine what we could do together! To get started, join us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Help Us Network

Our Alumni span generations and are living all over the world. Sometimes, we lose touch. If you are an Alum of one of our partners, or you know someone who is, let us know so we can stay connected.

Take The Survey

To share your experience and find out how best to support the next generation of African students at international universities, we need your help. If you haven’t yet, please fill out our survey.