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Board Member Claude Grunitzky on Launching TRUE Africa University



Humanity in Action Board Member and Senior Fellow Claude Grunitzky was recently interviewed by MIT News on launching TRUE Africa University. In the interview, Claude discusses the purpose of this project, its long-term goals, the significance of the webinars that help to frame the major issues facing young Africans, and how his background as a journalist and time at MIT have shaped is work. 

He reflects, “I came to believe that what young Africans need more than anything is quality education. I had been deeply inspired by Salman Khan ever since he launched Khan Academy, and I wanted to achieve something on that scale. I was thinking, conceptually, of a pivot to education, but I didn’t have the confidence to take on something so ambitious until I found myself in another defining MIT moment, in May 2019.”

TRUE Africa University (TAU) is built on the success of TRUE Africa, a news and culture website Claude founded with the help of Joost Bonsen and MIT Professor Alex Pentland in 2015. Currently, TAU consists of various webinars that are focused on sustainable development in Africa. Claude serves as a host, interviewing different people whom he sees as the inventors of the future of Africa. Long-term, he sees TRUE Africa University as a place millions of young Africans can turn to for innovative, nuanced, and quality education every day. 

Read the full interview here.