Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says a nearly two-week trip to Africa, beginning this weekend, is part of a larger effort to expand study abroad opportunities. He says international experience is “essential” for an IU education, since almost every industry is affected by global forces. McRobbie will visit South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, which are among 30 countries the school is targeting for stronger international ties. He discussed the trip and the upcoming academic year on Inside INdiana Business Television. McRobbie says Indiana University wants students spending “large periods of time” studying abroad, and such trips help provide those opportunities. He says the effort also strengthens academic ties and boosts faculty projects with researchers from partner institutions.

While in Kenya, the school's delegation will visit the AMPATH project, which is an HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention initiative launched more than 20 years ago by a consortium led by the IU School of Medicine.

The trip is scheduled from August 25-September 6.

Sources: Indiana University, Inside INdiana Business

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