Students at the National University of Lesotho. (Photo/ Flickr/ K. Kendall)

Africa’s Scientific Research Output: Where ‘Small’ Countries Punch Above Their Weight

In Africa, countries that have a relatively sound higher education system are necessarily the rich ones. And those whose economies are doing well do not always have the best universities.


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A calf crosses the border between Botswana and Zambia. Uneducated people - who may work in agriculture with animals like these - are the most likely to be in favour of free movement across borders in Africa. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mario Micklisch)

The Most Cosmopolitan African Is The Illiterate Villager. Seriously

You might imagine that a university or college education would give you a broader, more cosmopolitan worldview; that the more educated you are, the less parochial you would become. The data suggests otherwise.


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Classroom in Somalia, at the Hawa Abdi Centre for Internally Displaced Somalis. (UN Photo/Tobin Jones)

‘Penalised’ In Primary, Privileged In University: East Africa Education Spending

The inequity in resource allocation is clearer when you consider that it is just a tiny minority of people who make it to higher levels of education in the first place.


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Charity Wayua, PhD, is a research scientist at IBM Research - Africa lab in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo/ Mutua Matheka, with permission from IBM)

PhDs Per Capita In Africa: Tunisia, Morocco And Egypt Are Research Kings

The low number of PhDs per capita in Africa reflects its opportunity cost. The estimated cost of a doctoral degree is $50,000, enough to finance five classrooms that would benefit about 400 pupils