Summer Institutes


China-Africa Contemporary Relations: 

a Summer Institute for Educators


Dates: June 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2023

Time: 9 am-1:30 pm CST

Registration fee: $125 (includes parking, lunch and all materials)

Registration plus on campus housing for June 25-29, 2023  $400 

Registration deadline: June 12, 2023  or until full

Registration link:

CEUs:20 contact hours

Where: In person, University of Minnesota West Bank, Minneapolis MN


Course Description: China’s ascendancy as a dominant economic and political global power has been the subject of much scholarly and political debate. More specifically, China’s renewed interest in Africa continues to beg the question, what is China’s Africa strategy or Africa – China Strategy? Some scholars suggest that China’s strategic interests in Africa are purely economic, resource extraction, and exploitation, which has led to renewed concerns about neo-colonialism. Other questions raised include how this arrangement will benefit African countries engaged with China. This course seeks to examine these issues and better understand how China’s engagement in Africa may have a consequential impact on the continent.  

Led by Dr, Tade Okjedji, faculty in Department of Applied Economics as well as the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Sponsored by the African Studies Initiative, a Title VI National Resource Center in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.