15 steps closer to quality higher education in Africa

Higher Education in Africa: Our continent needs science, not aid

Collaborate across universities: Faced with a lack of essential services such as transport, water, power, healthcare and educational systems, and a government uninterested in investing in research, the question of how African countries can conduct cutting-edge research to tackle problems related to local needs can be difficult. One solution is to form collaborations among scientists in different universities. Sadiq Yusuf, deputy vice chancellor academic affairs, Kampala International University, director of African affairs, TReND, Kampala, Uganda,@sadiqyusuf12

Harness the potential of e-learning: Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online universities such as Singularity University andMinerva are revolutionising learning and Africa has an opportunity to think deeply about providing quality education online, and figure out how to make it less costly and more interactive. James Kassaga Arinaitwe, global fellow, Acumen, Bangalore, India, @JamesArinaitwe

Stop neglecting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM):Providing tertiary education in technical fields can be significantly more costly than social sciences, forcing cash-strapped public education institutions to reduce expansion in this area. This has contributed to higher education systems that are skewed towards the social sciences, rather than teaching applied science, engineering and technology skills, which the continent urgently needs. Álvaro Sobrinho, chair, Planet Earth Institute, London, UK, @Alvaro_Sobrinho

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/aug/10/15-steps-closer-to-quality-higher-education-in-africa

Camilla Wood

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