Atlanta Black Star: African Students Abroad Returning Home For Fast Career Growth

Another program trying to help promising science and engineering students is the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). The program is trying to boost higher education in engineering and science across the continent, using international networks that connect universities, students, civil society and industry.

“The rationale behind the program,” said Arlen Hastings, Executive Director of the Science Initiative Group, which launched RISE, “was that there are many pockets of excellence around Africa, but there aren’t that many African universities, outside of South Africa, that have the capacity to provide comprehensive Ph.D. programs in science and engineering. However, if you take the elements, pieces from each of a bunch, you can put together a pretty strong education.”

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February 2013