Formerly a disco, the i Club is a shared open space on the campus of IBM Research - Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand, where students and IBM scientists can meet and collaborate. (Photo/ IBM Research-Africa)

Reaching For The Stars: African Scientists Punching Above Their Weight And Changing the World

The range of research being undertaken is remarkable in view of the size of Africa’s overall contribution: from galaxies to viruses; from agriculture to malaria; and from drought to oceanography.


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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.