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About the Afe Babalola Centre

Africa has been at the heart of our university’s consideration for a long time. Our longstanding partnerships in the region provide a strong bedrock upon which to build this bold and innovative programme which tackles one of Africa’s biggest challenges – education inequality.

Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President International, Engagement and Service


The Aare Afe Babalola Centre for Transnational Education at King’s College London will deliver a high-quality curriculum through flexible and easy-to-access online resources. It will support young people across the African continent, including those displaced by disaster and conflict. 

The Centre will give talented young people the knowledge and skills to improve their own situations, transforming their lives and communities. They will tackle topics from personal empowerment to gender-inclusive decision making, mediation to transnational problem solving. We will also empower young people to pursue a future of their choosing, with a university education being just one of many possibilities. 

Looking at the bigger picture, we’ll be supporting Africa’s best minds to become local, national and global leaders. The continent can play a central role in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time – such as migration, climate change, inequalities and social justice. 

Overall, this is a sustainable programme of global education and collaboration to share best practice, develop new approaches to learning, and benefit generations to come. 

Nurturing African Leadership through education and collaboration

infographic showing how the centre nurtures leadership through education and collaboration

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