Latest News

July 2014

by Aamna Mohdin, SciDev.Net

Developing and emerging countries should more closely link up education and technology policies to produce the technical skills needed to boost their economies and "close the income gap with advanced countries", according to a report by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

The report, Perspectives on Global Development 2014 launched this month in Paris, France, highlights a mismatch between the skills that the economies of developing and emerging countries need and training being offered to people.

For instance, it says that in a number of African countries industrial labour costs are high relative to workers’ productivity because of a shortage of trained engineers.

Unless labour productivity is increased, many developing and emerging countries will not be able to close the income gap with advanced economies for many decades, the report warns.

Article here.

June 2014

by Irene Friesenhahn, SciDev.Net

Irene Friesenhahn rounds up sources of online information, highlighting key initiatives on Africa’s higher education.

Several organisations address higher education in Africa through their work. The Carnegie Corporation of New York and UN agencies including UNESCO and the World Bank provide great online resources.

Article here.

June 2014

by Anita Makri, SciDev.Net

[DAR ES SALAAM] Quintino Mgani is professor of chemistry at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also coordinates the SABINA (Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products) network of the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE), which is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Mgani explains why PhD students need regional partnerships, how growth in Tanzania’s higher education sector undermines training capacity and what gets in the way of turning research into useful products.

This article is part of the Spotlight on Making higher education work for Africa.