Over the last years, the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar has developed into one of the most regularly visited sites for many study abroad programs coming to Senegal and West Africa each year, and more particularly during the summer.
Having enough space to host all those programs became a serious concern for the Center and steps were taken to erect another conference/class room structure. Thanks to its unrestricted funds but also a careful analysis of all the incomes WARC could quickly make with the use of the dedicated space, the one-room building was erected with a minimum capacity of 30 people.
The new conference room was officially opened on Tuesday May 8, 2018 by the WARA President and former Director of WARC, Professor Wendy Wilson-Fall, who was on sabbatical in Dakar. A few days later the room was also visited by another former Director of the West African Research Center, Professor Eileen Julien. During her visit in Dakar, the WARA operations manager, Caroline Johnson, also noted that the addition would help the Center cater to the growing number of requests for partnership from various higher learning and research institutions in the US, Senegal and other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, the WARC Director visited Duke University (North Carolina) to attend a conference on Academic Networking in Sub-Saharan and North Africa (April 27-28, 2018). While on Duke campus, he registered several requests for WARC to host study abroad programs and workshops related to the theme of the conference. The same interest for collaboration with WARC was also expressed by other institutions in the area including the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
It should also be noted that WARC is presently an OFF site for the Dakar Biennale des Arts.
Based on the above the WARC website obviously need to be updated to reflect all these activities (including wolof and other language teaching currently conducted by the West African Research Center.