Earth & Environment

17-8-2014

Where to study in Africa

I haven’t blogged in a while, as I was quite busy, but now I came across some things which I either want to remember, or need to get off my chest:

I came across the following headline and saved it in Facebook to read later: Africa technology statistics 2014. I thought a new 500-page report was out and that this article would allow me to download it and quickly glance over it. Boy was I wrong. It was a short blog without obvious references to the numbers quoted. Quite useless therefore. A reminder to always be careful with what you read online! Don’t believe everything and check sources where possible!

The blog did bring me to another interesting article: Top 10 universities in Africa. Based on 4icu.org University Web Ranking, the top 10 universities were selected, but no comments given. But the list is screaming for some comment and discussion! So here are my thoughts:

First of all I was surprised to find the university of Cairo at the top of the list, and a South African university only in second place. I would have expected this the other way around. But, seen how ancient the university of Cairo is, it’s only great that they can also call themselves the best university in Africa.

Second, I was aghasted to find out that all top 10 universities were either in Egypt, or in South Africa. No other country featured this list. This I find apalling and unacceptable. In 2011 I once pitched an idea to bring high-quality higher education to developing countries. Instead of bringing top students to high-quality universities, I wanted to send top teachers to the universities in developing countries so that instead of giving only a few access to high quality education, larger amounts of students would get a similar opportunity. As I don’t come from the education sector, and kept hearing that there are all kinds of collaborations between universities and exchange programmes, I didn’t proceed with the idea.

But for me, this article which claims to list the top 10 universities of Africa, shows there’s still a big educational quality gap to fill on the continent.

 

In the picture

The thumbnail comes from the website of She's the First. It features graduates of the KISA project in Tanzania. AfricAid's Kisa Project works to support and uplift the next generation of leaders across Africa. They develop meaningful relationships among people across the globe and students in Africa.

She’s the First provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders.

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