As America's only Spiritan University, Duquesne reflects the mission and identity of our sponsoring congregation, the Spiritans. The Spiritans serve the poor and suffering and work to promote justice and interreligious understanding on six continents including Africa.

A Core Value and Strategic Goal of Duquesne University

One of the goals of the University's 2018-2023 Strategic Plan is to solidify our rich existing relationships in Africa.

Duquesne's emphasis on Africa and the African disaspora, along with our commitment to the Spiritan mission of service, can be seen in outreach efforts that began in 2008:

  • Academic program collaborations with Spiritan parishes, schools and hospitals in nursing, health sciences, pharmacy, education and theology
  • Charitable contributions of educational, medical and other supplies in Spiritan-served areas throughout Africa
  • Environmental and sustainability research, consulting, teaching exchange and study abroad programs
  • Theology programs through schools and institutes in several countries, preparing Duquesne graduates in Africa to influence the world

Discover Africa

The Center of African Studies promotes Duquesne University's constructive engagement with Africa and the African diaspora through teaching, scholarship, and service. We strive to create and encourage opportunities to experience the many rich African traditions and cultures from interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives.