Twenty pairs of African and American colleges were awarded grants Monday to help them develop collaborations aimed at attacking economic, health care, agricultural and other problems in Africa. The $50,000 grants, which were funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and announced by Higher Education for Development, emerged from the work of the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative, which aims to spur American universities to work closely with their African counterparts to build the continent's capacity to transform itself. Many of the American institutions awarded grants are large universities such as George Mason, Georgia State, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech Universities, but recipients also include Durham Technical Community College and private institutions such as Calvin and Wheelock Colleges.
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