NCC Creates First-ever US-Madagascar Virtual Student Forum

On Thursday, December 1, NCC students had the amazing opportunity to connect with students in the English Department at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar! With the help of NCC professor Robert Emigh, who is currently abroad at the University teaching English, the event marked the first-ever USA and Madagascar virtual student forum where students shared their experiences of the education system in their respective countries! During the event, students explained their semester is sometimes interrupted because teachers go on strike after they do not get paid for weeks. Sometimes the students’ stipends ($11 per month) are not paid out.

Despite such difficulties, they are accomplished, dedicated, and curious. One of them loves Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries, and another listens to country music. Students on both sides exchanged experiences related to entering college, choosing a major, and spending time on social media.

The opportunity to have this conversation and build partnerships with other institutions around the world will help foster global learning and people-to-people diplomacy.

We are so excited for Professor Emigh’s continued support in the work he is doing overseas and thank you so much to the University of Antananarivo and the U.S. Embassy Madagascar! We look further to future opportunities!


Students at the University of Antananarivo English Department pose with students from NCC attending virtually.

Students pose with Professor Emigh