Diversity programmes in africa
AfricaArray is committed to enhancing the diversity of the geosciences workforce by training students from formerly disadvantaged groups for careers in academic institutions, government and industry.
The strong commodity markets of recent years have provided increased opportunities in the extractive industries for students from historically disadvantanged communities with geoscience degrees. There is also a high demand for African academics from historically disadvantaged communities to assume teaching, research and leadership positions in Africa’s universities.
AfricaArray is addressing these gaps in human-resource capacity for the geosciences through strategic and specialized programming at the University of the Witwatersrand and through collaborations with organizations across Africa. Two examples include a post-graduate training initiative for women who aspire to academic careers at African universities, supported by the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program, and a post-graduate training initiative for black Africans from South Africa who want to pursue an academic career, supported by the BHP Billiton Foundation Faculty Development program.