African Dynamics (LDE)

Africa has undergone significant transformations in the past decades and this is likely to accelerate. Current projections indicate that the continent’s population will double in the next 30 years, with more than half of its people living in urbanised environments. The subsequent growing demand for food, water, energy, land, infrastructure, health services, education, jobs, etc. can be powerful drivers of growth, but may also present severe social, economic, and environmental threats.

The way in which Africa unfolds will greatly impact the course of the world’s shared future in the 21st century.

The African Dynamics LDE minor aims to capacitate students from different disciplines to identify, track, and strengthen Africa’s role in the globalised world by fusing expertise in the humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

As one of the world’s leading academic knowledge institutions entirely devoted to the study of Africa, the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is the lead faculty, and its research library functions  as the knowledge hub for this minor.

Take note: this is a selection minor and applications close on 15 April 2021! Late applications cannot be considered.

This course is for selected students from Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

African Dynamics capacitates students from different disciplines who would like to learn to identify, track, and help strengthening Africa’s role in the globalised world by fusing expertise in the humanities, social and natural sciences and technology. Because multi-occupational and cross sectoral methods are required to understand and sustain our technologically advanced and complex globalized world.

After completing the minor, students will:

  • Be able to identify, track, and help strengthening Africa’s role in the globalised world.
  • Build their understanding of integrated and sustainable development approaches in Africa from leading academics of all three universities.

      This minor offers students a valuable opportunity to build their understanding of integrated and sustainable development approaches in Africa from leading academics of all three universities. The course consists of two separate blocks, the first block imparts foundational theoretical knowledge and the second block affords students an opportunity to apply their knowledge, build networks and experience Africa in reality.

      As one of the world’s leading academic knowledge institutions entirely devoted to the study of Africa, the African Studies Centre Leiden is the lead faculty for the LDE African Dynamics Minor. The ASCL research library with one of the best Africana collections in Europe, will function as a hub of this knowledge.

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      Maurits Ertsen