Differentiation: Africa lags (again) – Or does it?


Differentiation: Africa lags (again) – Or does it?

Universities have never been as crucial to nation states as they are today. This is because, in order to compete in the global economy, nations need their university sectors to produce and apply knowledge, and to produce knowledgeable and well-skilled workers across the skill spectrum. This much is contemporary common sense.

In order to get the best out of the university sector, states must take two key decisions.

The first has to do with what diversity in the system will best produce the optimal results for national innovation. The second is: do they want one or two world-class universities? And is this still an option for all nations?

Will Africa have a world-class university in the foreseeable future?

The blunt answer is no...

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