Dakota Wesleyan University Steps into Africa
Dakota Wesleyan University is expanding its global footprint with the opening of its first international recruitment office.
Through a partnership with DWU alum and former board of trustee member, Dr. John Ifediora, DWU has officially opened an international recruitment office in Abuja, Nigeria. Ifediora is leading the efforts in Africa with the help of two other DWU staff members, Godwin Kingsley and Honey-Ann Ndubuisi.
Ifediora is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin System, and currently in the faculty of economics at American University in Washington, DC. In 2014 he became the director of the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE) and has lectured widely for over thirty years in his fields of specialty at various universities in the United States, Europe and Africa.
“Dr. Ifediora has provided invaluable connections to the Nigerian private high schools, government schools and offices as we look to expand our international recruitment efforts for the fall of 2020,” said DWU President, Amy Novak.
As an institution dedicated to turning possibilities into reality, the new recruitment office will further support DWU’s continuous efforts to bring more opportunities for global learning to campus.
“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our recruiting programs to Nigerian students and bring more cultural diversity to not only DWU, but the entire Mitchell community,” said DWU Vice President of Admissions and Marketing, Fredel Thomas.
DWU has welcomed students from all over the world including: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Ghana, Uganda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom and England, and is looking forward to extending that list even further with the help of Ifediora, Kingsley and Ndubuisi.
As the university looks ahead to the fall of 2020, the new presence in Africa will certainly bolster DWU’s efforts to increase possibilities, inclusiveness and enrollment, not only for international students, but for the entire university by developing relationships, establishing new connections and stirring excitement for these students when they imagine the possibilities that await them in Mitchell, S.D.