Top HERA Stories of 2015

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Recognizing Africa’s institutions of higher learning and academic communities as key to reaching the continent’s potentialin 2015 the program continued to support training, research, and retention of academics in select countries of sub-Saharan Africa along with connecting of the diaspora with centers of higher education and academics across Africa.  Support also went to peace building and to advancements in leadership and governance in select countries. 

Top Stories

1Raising the Grade: Higher Education and Research in Africa

For Africa to thrive, its scholars and scientists must also thrive. This vivid interactive brings the Corporation’s African higher education work to life, making clear how much is being done and how much remains to be done.


2Transforming African Women’s Lives through Education

This blog series catches up with exceptional women who have benefited from ten years of the Corporation’s university scholarship programs and are carving their own paths, in Gandhi’s words, “being the change they wish to see in the world.”


3President Obama Meets Africa’s Future Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders brings 500 young African leaders to U.S. universities for training and mentoring. Program officer Claudia Frittelli was there when President Obama talked with the fellows, including Olusola Owonikoko, interviewed here.


4A Clash of Realities

Program officer Andrea Johnson was in South Africa during recent student protests against the country’s university fees. Here she shares her outsider’s take on the failures of the country’s education system and the government’s difficult choices.


5A Road Map for African Higher Education

Former Secretary General Kofi Annan joined African leaders from government, academia, the private sector, and multilateral organizations at the African Higher Education Summit in Dakar, Senegal. The result was a declaration of 16 steps governments and universities must take to improve higher education.


6Doctoral Education in South Africa

The knowledge economy needs more doctorates, and this book proposes a solution: South Africa as a PhD hub for the continent. But it also covers the obstacles and tough policy choices involved in transforming doctoral education across the continent and the world.