Africa Rising: The Opportunities and Challenges

At ALU, we believe that Africa is rising and that there is so much growth and development happening on the continent. At the same time, there are challenges and complexities that can be daunting. In line with our vision to nurture the next generation of African leaders, we have created the Africa Rising course which applicants have to complete as part of the application process.

The course contextualizes the state of the continent through its four modules:

  1. The Africa Story
  2. Africa’s Leadership
  3. Africa’s Education Challenge
  4. Africa’s Urbanization Opportunity

Through the modules, students begin to understand and appreciate their countries as well as the opportunities and challenges of growth and development. Course creators Nicola Hopwood and Alyssa Baylor explain their motivation for creating the course, what it entails and what they hope students takeaway in the video below.

About ALU

ALU provides higher education for a higher purpose. Our students declare missions, not majors.

They develop the real-world skills to take on the world’s most pressing challenges. And they take ownership of their learning from day one through our peer and student-led approach – because ALU believes in the power and agency of young people to start shaping the future right now.

Together with a world-class faculty and staff, our students are igniting a ripple of positive impact across Africa and the world. Join us


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