Lessons in Learning. Building Africa's Capacity in the Basic Sciences

Lessons in Learning. Building Africa's Capacity in the Basic Sciences

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Building capacity in the basic sciences is critical for the future success of Africa. Yet African universities are struggling to recover from decades of underfunding, civil unrest and brain drain. The situation for higher education in Africa might look bleak, but it is far from hopeless. Most institutions recognize the challenges they face, and some have begun to reform their policies. Author Phillip A. Griffiths is Professor of Mathematics and former Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Griffiths also chairs the Science Initiative Group (SIG), an international team of scientific leaders and advocates dedicated to fostering science in developing countries. SIG manages the Carnegie Corporation-funded RISE initiative which prepares PhD and MSc-level scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa through university-based research and training networks in selected disciplines. Its primary emphases are on training new faculty to teach in African universities and on upgrading the qualifications of current faculty.
Citation: Griffiths, Philip A. Lessons in Learning. TWAS Newsletter. The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World Vol.22 No. 1, (2010): 41-49.
Program: Higher Education and Research in Africa