"Sub-Saharan Africa - Introduction, Colonization, De-Colonization, Transformation, Conservation, Fascination."
: Singapore (online)
6 - 16 Dec 2021 (9 days, 2 to 5 hours each day)
What is NUS e-STEER Sub-Saharan Africa?
The Global Relations Office (GRO) is organising the e-STEER Sub-Saharan Africa programme, which comprises a series of webinars and virtual activities to facilitate an introduction and spur engagements with the intriguing Political History/Economic and Social Developments/Wildlife Conservation/Business Opportunities/Heritage/Cultures of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. These countries have specially been curated as they have developed strong, bilateral, political, economic and trade ties with Singapore. In many ways, they serve as the gateways for increased business investments, cultural ties, peoples-to-peoples exchanges in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many companies in these African countries are also using Singapore as a base for their expansion into Asia. Sub-Saharan Africa has a population of over 1.1 billion with 6 of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies over the previous decade being situated in this region. With 42% of its inhabitants being younger than 15 years, this represents tremendous potential for social and economic transformations. Through the e-STEER Sub-Saharan Africa programme, participants will discover this relatively unknown continent through an immersive study of a broad range of historical, cultural, environmental, political, business subjects that are presented to guide the participants to understand the strategic imperatives facing this continent. The programme will examine topics beyond the news headlines.
: Analyzing the richness of the “Mother Continent" not just in terms of mineral wealth and raw materials which had attracted the Imperialist Powers in their “Scramble for Africa” in the 19th century but also in terms of its cultural offerings, which have a profound effect globally on music, fashion and cuisine.
: Venturing to historical venues to hear the stories of injustices associated with the Slave Trade and the African Diaspora since the 1500s.
: Understanding wildlife conservation/biodiversity management beyond the confines of safaris.
: Probing into the little publicized economic transformation successes of African states; and its huge market potentials.
: Examining the Business Strategies of Singapore MNCs/SMEs operating in Africa.
The e-STEER Sub-Saharan Africa programme will comprise two parts:-
- Part 1 is now open for registration. The programme will mostly be conducted virtually.
- Part 2 will take place in Botswana/Rwanda/South Africa/Ghana* itself when the current Covid-19 related travel restrictions are lifted. Please note that Part 1 is operated independently of Part 2. That is, participants, joining Part 1 of the programme are not required to continue with Part 2. However, participants who complete Part 1 will enjoy priority admission for Part 2 when it is offered.
*Subject to confirmation
- Learn about Colonization, De-Colonization, Independence and Neo-Colonialism that have shaped the continent. Critically examine the British Imperial Experience in Africa, the Boer Wars and understand the dark chapter associated with the Transatlantic Slave Trade with a virtual visit to Cape Coast Castle in Ghana.
- Examine the Apartheid system, its unravelling and Transitional Justice in South Africa. Delve into contemporary challenges in South Africa including inequality, state capture, civil unrest, and African Renaissance.
- Learn about contemporary economic transformations in selected nation states from government officials and academics. Analyze these developments with regard to social impact and sustainability.
- Learn about Singapore’s investments and delve into case studies of Singapore MNCs’ successful projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Peek into Singapore MNCs’ Business Strategies (including Market Entry into Different Sectors, Brand Management, Public-Private Partnership) for the continent.
- Understand Venture Capital and Private Equity markets in Sub-Saharan Africa and explore its Start-Up scene.
- Learn about Wildlife & Biodiversity Protection/Conservation efforts in Rwanda, Kenya and Botswana.
- Examine the nexus between religions and the environment, through a special focus on the work of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai.
- “Trek” and “See” the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.
- Learn about West African fashion and how its textile design was influenced by Batik from Java.
- Interact with youths from Rwanda.
- Expand your social network with professionals associated with African interests, based in Singapore.
- Network with corporate executives, officials from Singapore governmental agencies, and explore professional career options in Africa.
- Indulge in Popular Culture and learn about contemporary Afrikaans music.
- Nourish your curiosity about African culinary delights and savour authentic and tasty dishes from Swahili coast, Nigeria, Rwanda. Indulge in a remote, shared and simultaneous dining experience*.
*The programme fee includes a home-delivered meal from an African theme restaurant in Singapore (vegetarian options can be requested/alternative Halal option from another restaurant can also be arranged).
When does the programme take place?
6 December to 16 December 2021
Online activities, typically lasting 2 to 5 hours a day, will mostly take place during the 10 am to 6.30 pm period (there will be no organised activities on the weekend (Sat and Sun)).
The total number of online learning hours is approximately 26 hours. The programme itinerary will be shared with all participants at a later date.
Who can apply?
The e-STEER Sub-Saharan Africa 2021 programme is open to all full‐time NUS students*.
*As this programme is targeted at undergraduates, priority will be given to undergraduates
How can I apply?
Students interested in e-STEER Sub-Saharan Africa 2021 programme will be required to apply for the programme through the Education Records System
* (EduRec) by Friday, 22 October 2021
To find the programme in the system, search using setup ID 02007
Students encountering issues in submitting their application via EduRec
may write to Jasper Tang firstname.lastname@example.org
for the application form.
Application results will be announced by Tuesday, 26 October 2021*
. Selected candidates will be required to accept the offer in EduRec
and pay the programme fee of S$80 to secure their places by Monday, 1 November 2021*.
*subjected to change
How much does the programme cost?
S$80 (inclusive of a home-delivered dinner). All unused monies collected will be returned to participants after completion of the programme.
Who to contact for more information?
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