United in learning and discovery:

The Africa Global Initiative

Northeastern University’s renowned experiential education and highest impact research align with the vibrant learning and innovation landscapes across key African countries.


Northeastern’s excellence as an innovative R1 research university, as a global university, and as a university with unique focus on experiential education, matches the dynamic African landscape, and poises us for expanded and important engagement across key African countries.


Meet Young Global Leader Award recipient Jonas Feit

1. Can you tell us about your experiences on your Global Co-op in Africa so far? What projects have you been involved in? My experiences on global co-op have been incredibly varied. I’ve written blog posts, grant proposals, drafted annual reports, gone on field trips,...

Meet Young Global Leader Award recipient Enam Fiattor

Enam Fiattor is an undergraduate junior pursing her Biology degree with a Minor in International Affairs at Northeastern, currently on her first co-op in Ghana.  Enam is a recipient of the Young Global Leaders Africa Fund for global co-ops.   She shares her journey...

Meet Young Global Leader Award recipient Alex Chang

Alex Chang is an undergraduate junior pursing his Biology and Political Science degree with a minor in Photography.  His plan is to start medical school as soon as he graduates from Northeastern. He is currently on his third co-op as a lead researcher at ACCIH – The...

An interview with undergraduate student Vivian Akyirem

Vivian Akyirem is an undergraduate sophomore pursing her Marketing and Brand Management degree at Northeastern and a recipient of an Athletic Scholarship. Vivian is a football (soccer) player and a graduate of the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana which she joined at...

Eyeing a career in the foreign service, forged at home and in class

Since high school, Stephanie Beja has known that she was interested in studying cultures around the world—and visiting as many as she could. During her undergraduate career at Northeastern, Beja took advantage of opportunities to study abroad, including a stint in...


The Africa Global Initiative will promote collaborative pathways for our community to engage with partners from African nations. Driven by our commitment to high impact research, innovative education, and lifelong learning, the AGI will serve as a hub to facilitate research partnerships, experiential education, talent solutions and global connections.

Meet some of our alumni, researchers and co-op employers; this is only a snapshot of our vast and ever growing network.

Faculty Spotlight: Killion Mokwete

Faculty Spotlight: Denis Sullivan

Faculty Spotlight: John O. Olawepo

Roots: Co-op Employer

Alumni Spotlight: Anna Butler

Khalid Kodi – Artists, Social Engagement and Peace Advocacy in Sudan

Univerity Partner Spotlight: University of the Witwatersrand

Right to Dream – Co-op Employer

The High Atlas Foundation: Co-op Employer

Alumno Astralis: Co-op Employer

Faculty Spotlight: Jonathan Esole

Alumni Spotlight:
Ewart Thuo
Head of Operations
Safeway Hypermarkets Limited

Alumni Spotlight:
Linda Zwane
Head, Data and Analytics
Standard Bank

Alumni Spotlight:
Henry Ogbuagu
Founder, Nova Tech

Faculty Spotlight: Richard Wamai

Tunaweza Children’s Center: Co-op Employer

Alumni Spotlight:
Roland Fomundam, MSc
CEO / COO at GreenHouse Ventures Ltd


How a professor found her calling in Ghana by bringing hundreds of Northeastern students to West Africa

Northeastern Professor Vanessa Johnson explains the infamous history of Elmina Castle to members of the 2023 Global Leadership Summit, which included alumni, incoming students, faculty and staff of Northeastern University. 



‘That sense of togetherness is what is needed.’ Northeastern entrepreneur from Ghana builds his restaurant business on African hospitality

The 2014 Northeastern University graduate wants to better connect the rest of the world to Africa and its more than 1.4 billion people by creating outstanding, memorable experiences both for visitors to the continent and outside of it.