UoGuelph to open research office in east Africa

April 4, 2014

The Guelph Mercury reports that the University of Guelph is finalizing plans to open a research office in Arusha, Tanzania, with administration in talks with the Tanzanian government about the project, dubbed the East Africa Institute. UoGuelph President Alastair Summerlee says over the past 3 years the university has been in talks with several countries on the eastern side of Africa, including South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania. The research conducted at the east Africa office would aim to boost food production and improve the livelihood of women and children in local communities. Summerlee explains the longer-term goal is to allow undergraduate students to go study in east Africa; in the short-term, the university plans to have the new office serve as a home base for faculty and graduate students to continue their research. Guelph Mercury