Professor Kelly Askew, who also serves as Director of the African Studies Center, part of the International Institute, is mentioned in this News Service article on the U-M African Presidential Scholars program:

"Not a lot of places in Ghana have the equipment that I need," said Fondjo from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. "At Michigan, I've got the impression that everyone is so willing to help and share information. People don't hold back."

Launched seven years ago, the program has helped several U-M professors establish collaborative relationships with African colleagues, said Kelly Askew, director of the African Studies Center.

When the fellows return to Africa, they become valuable resources for U-M faculty and students, helping to anchor the university's education-abroad and research relationships in Africa, said Oveta Fuller, associate director of the African Studies Center.

"It makes a huge difference for researchers to know people on the ground with a network of contacts," Fuller said.