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GGC to ship textbooks to Tanzania

Georgia Gwinnett College School of Science and Technology faculty and staff show 200 pounds of college textbooks being shipped to the University of Dodoma in Tanzania. They are administrative assistant Elizabeth Moale, Associate Dean and Associate Professor Deborah Sauder, Dean Thomas Mundie and Associate Dean Judy Awong-Taylor. (Special Photo)

Georgia Gwinnett College School of Science and Technology faculty and staff show 200 pounds of college textbooks being shipped to the University of Dodoma in Tanzania. They are administrative assistant Elizabeth Moale, Associate Dean and Associate Professor Deborah Sauder, Dean Thomas Mundie and Associate Dean Judy Awong-Taylor. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — College students in Tanzania will receive 200 pounds of textbooks from Georgia Gwinnett College soon, thanks to a former GGC professor.

The new college, the University of Dodoma, opened in 2007 and is where Shyamala Ratnayeke, a former assistant professor of biology at GGC, is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar. Deborah G. Sauder, the associate dean of the School of Science and Technology, said many African universities deal with a shortage of textbooks. GGC also collected books for universities in Kenya.

Ratnayeke requested books on subjects such as biology, biochemistry, biometry, calculus, ecology, environmental science, statistics and zoology. The books cost about $150 per book.

UDOM opened with about 1,000 students, but expects to enroll about 50,000 students when its full operational in 2025.

As a Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Ratnayeke will fulfill teaching and research responsibilities while she’s in Tanzania, a press release said.