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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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


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Makerere University in Uganda. (Photo/ Flickr/ Rachel Strohm)

More Than Half Of University Graduates In East Africa Lack Basic Skills For Work

Students are “emerging from institutions of learning with half-baked skills and fully formed aspirations – a toxic combination by any standard.”