Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features amazing MSIs that exist in countries outside of the United States. “Minority” is a relative term that varies from country to country and these MSIs are doing the necessary work to support, educate, and uplift students of color all across the planet.
1) University of Waikato, Maori & Pacific Development in New Zealand
The University of Waikato, Maori & Pacific Development Development program provides students with the chance to thoughtfully observe concepts, models, policies, process, and outcomes of ‘development’ primarily from the lens and view of the indigenous peoples if New Zealand. In 2010 the Maori people made up approximately 15 percent of the population in New Zealand, which is the second largest group in New Zealand, with European New Zealanders (“Pakeha”) being the majority group. The program was created for students to help their development with conceptual tools, critical thinking, research methods, practical skills, and to prepare them for professional practice in their selected fields. Sustainability has become a hot topic and indigenous thinkers have much to offer in terms of their perspectives and approaches to help meet the needs of their people and community.
2) Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo, Japan
The Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo teaches Arabic language and the foundational Islamic principals with the help of Saudi Embassy in Japan. Their policies originate from the Islamic teachings and principals in conjunction with teaching intensive Arabic language preparatory classes. In 2014, the total population in Japan was approximately 126,788,000 and Muslimsmade up about 100,000 of that population.
3) Universidade Zumbi Dos Palmares in Brazil
The Universidade Zumbi Dos Palmares has been around since 2004 and their student population is almost 90 percent Black. Brazil’s only Black college is beginning to expand and has a powerful mission that entails growing opportunities for Black student in Brazil. It has about 1,600 students attending and 1,400 graduates enrolled. The Universidade Zumbi Dos Palmares uplifts and provides opportunities for Brazilians with African decent.
4) University of Western Cape in South Africa
The University of the Western Cape has a history of perseverance, fighting against oppression, discrimination, and disadvantage. Among academic institutions, it has been the home base of South Africa’s historic change, playing an important role in academic equality for disadvantaged students. UWC’s primary concerns pertain to access, equity, and quality in higher education, all of which arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalized participate fully in the life of the nation. In 1959, Parliament adopted legislation establishing the University College of the Western Cape as a constituent college of the University of South Africa for people classified as “Coloured.” The first group of 166 students enrolled in 1960. In 1970 the institution gained university status and was able to award its own degrees and diplomas.
5) St. Stephens College in India
St. Stephen’s College is a religious foundation drawing inspiration from Jesus Christ. It aims at helping its members realize spiritual and moral as well as intellectual and aesthetic values. Founded in 1881, St. Stephen’s College is the oldest college in Delhi. With the establishment of Delhi University in 1922 it became one of its three original constituent colleges. The population in India is approximately 1,292,710,000 people and of that only about 24,000,000 identify as Christian, which is about 2.3 percent of the overall population in India.
6) First Nations Technical Institute in Canada
The First Nations Technical Institute in Canada (FNTI) is an Indigenous institute the provides creative academic and intellectual opportunities aimed at improving the capacity and strength of their students and surrounding communities. In partnership with several Ontario colleges and universities, FNTI delivers culturally-rich post-secondary programs. Most courses offer their students a unique education that allows learners to engage in their surrounding communities across the province. In Canada, the first native people are collectively called the Aboriginal people. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the Aboriginal people were about 4.3 percent of the entire Canadian population. The Aboriginal population are categorized in to subgroups which include Métis and Inuit.