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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Africa University celebrates 25th anniversary

    April 17, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Africa University – the first and only fully accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church – recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The celebration included a dinner for alumni and friends at Amber Hotel in Mutare, Zimbabwe, the main celebration at Africa University’s graduation arena, and a celebration/worship service at AU’s Kwang Lim Chapel.

    With an enrollment of more than 1,500 full-time students and 800 part-time students, Africa University, located in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, today boasts more than 6,100 graduates from 32 African countries. More than half of the students (53 percent) are female — more than double other universities throughout Africa.

    The United Methodist Church’s support of AU – which was previously funded by the Upper New York Conference’s Africa 360 initiative – has and will continue to produce a growing number of effective disciples and tangible positive change. Investment in AU helps fund scholarships for African students who would otherwise have no way to pay for a university education.

    Click here to see photos from the celebration.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."