The University of Cambridge is one of the world's leading centres supporting African scholarship.

In the academic year 2016-17, there are over 240 students from African countries studying at Cambridge; many are supported by scholarships and bursaries administered by the Cambridge Trust and the Gates Cambridge Trust. This number is growing, and substantial support is offered by a thriving African Society of Cambridge University.

Vibrant teaching and research programmes focused on Africa exist across the University. These have been brought together in a major University-wide initiative: the Cambridge-Africa Programme (http://www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/). In addition and as part of this, the Centre of African Studies (which was established in 1965) acts as a hub for graduate-level and faculty interdisciplinary research.

Under the auspices of the Cambridge-Africa Programme, the University actively partners African institutions to strengthen indigenous capacity in research. Individual projects include MUII (Makerere University/UVRI Infection and Immunity Research Training Programme), THRiVE (Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa) and CAPREx (Cambridge Africa Partnership for Research Excellence).

The student-led Cambridge Development Initiative works in partnership with universities and local communities in Tanzania on a range of health, engineering and innovation projects.

Cambridge University Press and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are also active throughout Africa. CIE has worked with the governments of Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland to reform the education system and train local officials, teachers, markers and examiners in curriculum development and assessment.