Raising the Grade
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FOR AFRICA TO THRIVE, ITS SCHOLARS AND SCIENTISTS MUST ALSO THRIVE.
In the past decade, many African nations have put themselves on an upward trajectory in regard to economic, social, and governmental reform. With this advancement, however, comes an urgent need for a strengthened higher education system—a system that can produce the skilled workforce, informed citizenry, and research innovations that are so critical to a thriving, knowledge-based society.
The African academy is making great strides but struggles to keep pace with the demands placed on it. Cash-strapped universities face numerous challenges, from providing adequate facilities to employing enough teachers to accommodate a surge in enrollments. The problems are complex and require a steadfast commitment from governments, academic institutions, and public-interest organizations. This interactive feature spotlights the efforts of Carnegie Corporation of New York, which works on various fronts to support and strengthen Africa's institutions of higher learning.