Times Higher Education: RISE Aims to Shine More Brightly on African Sector

A project that funds African academics whose careers are "stuck" because they lack the time or money for postgraduate study is asking the World Bank to help it grow tenfold.

The Regional Initiative in Science and Education (Rise) seeks to address the chronic lack of qualified lecturers in sub-Saharan universities. Staff running the project said that almost all the graduate students in the region had to be supported by external organisations because of the lack of funding from national governments.

Arlen Hastings, executive director of the Science Initiative Group, which runs Rise, said that African universities do not have enough qualified tutors and had "crowded classrooms with teachers maybe one year out of school". Article here.

February 2012