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History

MSU’s History in Africa: Michigan State University has been connected with the African continent since the founding of the University in 1855, at first through the work of individual professors and later through formal institutional engagement.

More than fifty years ago in 1960, MSU cooperated with the first president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, to establish a new African university at Nsukka based on MSU's land-grant model. The core values of African partnership and cooperation have characterized our approach to African Studies ever since.

Learn more about the history of African partnerships at Michigan State University here.