By the Numbers: Penn and Africa


Penn’s engagement with Africa began with three countries—Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa—and has since grown to include collaborations and partnerships with other countries throughout the continent.

From treating HIV/AIDS in Botswana, to studying engineering in Ghana, Penn has a presence across the Motherland.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we tell the (still growing) story of Penn and Africa. 


Number of students in the Class of 2016 from Africa or the Middle East.


Year in which the exhibit “The Search for Ancient Egypt” opened at the Penn Museum. This marked the first time that Egyptian artifacts belonging to the Museum were put on display.


Number of research projects Penn is pursuing in Botswana as part of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership.


Number of African students Penn and Lincoln University hosted in the summer of 1961 to prepare them for entry into American colleges and universities.


Number of weeks Penn Engineering undergraduates can spend in Ghana as part of the International Development Summer Institute – Africa Program. Students train on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.


Number of students in the first graduating class of the University of Nigeria in 1963. Its founder, former Governor-General Nnamdi Azikiwe, graduated from Penn in 1933 with a master’s in anthropology.


Length, in days, of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. With a course centered on the National Arts Festival, Penn-in-Grahamstown is an online and on-site Summer Abroad experience led by music professor Carol Muller.

Originally published on January 24, 2013