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Centre of African Studies: About



The University of Edinburgh has an important and long historical connection with Africa and CAS is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Africa. The Centre of African Studies was founded in 1962. It was one of the original African Studies Centres in the UK founded on the recommendation of the Hayter Commission. The Centre of African Studies acts as a focal point for postgraduate teaching and supervision on Africa and a hub for research programmes that span all three of the University’s colleges. The Centre is one of Europe’s leading Centres of Africanist expertise and the biggest Centre of African Studies in the UK, regularly appears at the top of Good University Guides, hosts a vibrant, cutting edge research community and delivers a range of high quality masters and doctoral programmes.

Our students prepare for careers in academia and beyond: two former students featured in ‘top 50 influential Scots’ newspaper feature, and many other of our graduates have pursued successful academic, non-profit and government careers.  Our range of postgraduate degrees has expanded recently, with the addition of degrees in Africa and International Development, both on-campus and via e-learning delivery and new doctoral programme in International Development.

Our researchers are internationally recognised. We currently host over twenty research projects, including several large, international collaborative projects, and engage in multidisciplinary research that seeks to shed new light on Africa’s past, its politics, its development and its future.

We act as a cultural hub for Africa in Scotland and in the UK. We support the highly successful Africa in Motion annual film festival, we have close working relationships with the Scottish Parliament and Government and with local NGOs, we engage with African communities in Scotland and we seek to forge closer relationships between Scotland, the UK, Europe and Africa.

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