Senegal: Professor Cheikh Ndiaye


By Sarah Rosenblum

“We are looking forward to going to my village for an African rural experience. The village still doesn’t have electricity and the moonlight is still its light at night,” says Professor Cheikh Ndiaye, a professor of French at Union College since 2000, on his upcoming mini-term back to Senegal.

Ndiyaye has been impressed with the cultural experiences Union offers its students. “I think we have very strong programs that implement and contribute to the institution’s vision and commitment to inspire our students in addressing complex 21st-century societal and intellectual challenges.”

With 11 foreign languages offered, the term-abroad programs, and culture and civilization courses, Union provides students with a diverse array of cultural exposure.

“All of these opportunities are pretty impressive for a small liberal arts college; we are truly connecting ourselves with the world.”

Professor Ndiyaye feels at home in Union and in Schenectady. “This is where I had my first full time job in the U.S., this is where my lovely wife joined me straight from Senegal; this is where my two beautiful children were born. What else could I ask for? Every moment here is a favorite one for me. It’s a blessing.”

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