DEGREES UNDER AFRICAN SKIES: Nigeria’s Babcock University was the setting for a June 2010 graduation for Andrews University doctoral graduates. Andrews professors Bruce Bauer and Rudi Maier are shown with the degree recipients.It started in the summer of 2006, when the Andrews University Department of World Mission partnered with the West-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists to launch a Doctor of Ministry cohort in Global Mission Leadership. In this cohort, which is a group that starts and finishes the program after four summer sessions together, were 34 students from that division who met for their first session at Babcock University in Nigeria. The students in this program represented church leaders from West-Central Africa, who did not have to leave their homes and travel around the world to study. Instead, the seminary found a way to meet their higher education needs while enabling these church leaders and ministers to continue their ministries in Africa.