Students come from 10 nations but most are Burundian. Rwandans and Congolese are a significant portion of the student body with smaller portions from the rest of East Africa. Cameroonians are significant within Medicine. Women are 35% of students.
Students reflect the religious mix of Burundi (Roman Catholic—60%, many protestant, some Muslim and some “none”).
There is an ethnic mix of Hutus, Tutsis and others.
Proficiency in English is a requirement for all university graduates in the East African community. Entering university students from Burundi are fluent in French but not in English. This is changing rapidly. More English teachers are needed as the university resumes growth.
On campus housing is limited to 250, mostly foreign, students. Most live with a relative in Bujumbura and commute--some walk up to 2 hours.
Hope Africa University has 5 schools:
Arts and Sciences
Business and Professional
Although most of the faculty is Burundian, HAU needs Americans and others to teach subjects for which few Burundians are prepared and available to teach.
We are exploring remote teaching and use of French slides with recorded English or French lectures using weekly live or video conference Q&A sessions.
The priority areas for outside help include Medicine and Dentistry—particularly basic sciences faculty. Civil engineering, information technology, business; and English as a foreign language (TOEFL) are also key.
A recent medical school review by the East African community identified weaknesses in our basic science faculty and use of laboratories. However, it lauded clinical education in the school of medicine. Clinical faculty members, including 9 Americans, are divided between two locations: the Van Norman Clinic (hospital), across the street from the campus and at the Kibuye Hope Hospital, 2.5 hours drive from Bujumbura.
Hope Africa University is a 1300 student, private Christian Liberal Arts University serving Burundi and the East African Community. HAU moved to Bujumbura (from Nairobi) in 2004 with 110 students, grew rapidly to 5600 students but since the political crisis of 2015 many students have put education on hold. See Facing African Realities
HAU is an African University under African leadership. Almost all of the faculty are African and many hold masters or doctorate degrees, but most are adjunct faculty, i.e., not full time employees of the university. Courses are arranged and offered as needed to meet the requirements of the various degree programs.
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