Alumnus Discusses Research, Teaching Opportunities In Africa
Posted August 25, 2017
Jim Myers, a Texas A&M alumnus in the class of 1962 who has
spent more than 25 years in Africa, exchanged thoughts and
discussed potential opportunities there for Texas A&M faculty,
staff, and students during a luncheon on Aug. 24.
The event brought together faculty and staff members from across
campus—including those from the College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences (CVM), Global OneHealth, the College of
Agriculture & Life Sciences, among others—who shared with Myers
their experiences in Africa, their study abroad programs, and the
research they conduct on the continent.
Texas A&M is working with Myers to develop a new study
abroad course for veterinary students in Africa, with an overall
goal of increasing interest in traveling there. Texas A&M is
No. 1 in the U.S. in the number of students who study abroad and
No. 2 among public and private universities.
Myers owns a ranch in the Waterberg district, in the northern
part of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, about 50 kilometers
from the border of the Republic of Botswana.
Myers discussed with faculty the culture and climate of the
region, as well as the needs there that Texas A&M faculty and
staff may be able to fulfill through their research and teaching
Dr. Jim Myers and his family, with CVM staff and ambassador
Priya Bandy, on a tour of the Large Animal Hospital.
During his visit, Myers and his 14-year-old grandson, Rory, who
lives in Fredericksburg, toured the Texas A&M campus and the
CVM facilities. Myers said he’s encouraging his grandson to
consider attending Texas A&M, to continue the family Aggie
Myers moved to South Africa in the 1990s as president of
Southwestern Bell (now a part of AT&T) International
Development Africa, Ltd., in an effort to develop and expand
communications there. Under his leadership, the team acquired MTN
South Africa in the early 1990s on behalf of the company; it was
later sold. MTN remains one of the largest telecom carriers in
Myers also led a consortium, which included Malaysia Telecom,
that controlled Telkom South Africa for many years.
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