South Africa, Ghana and Uganda stand to benefit from a US$30 million assistance over the next three years in a bid to strengthen higher education in Africa. The Carnegie Corporation of New York will foresee competitive training fellowships to academics and researchers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. According to Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie’s President, the grant will be channeled in IT for research, stocking of libraries and access to information and investing in next generations in Africa.
Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda have benefited fro the foundation in the last 10 years with over US$350 million. In a statement, the President said that Africa has shown a positive trend in higher education and is a positive foot to poverty eradication, economic growth and good governance. Lack of modern facilities in the continent has dragged the initiative behind in the competitive market across the globe.
Africa’s Carnegie’s higher education program director Tade Aina says a bench of academic leaders has identified key universities in the region that will benefit from the grant. The statement adds that priority will be accorded to help increase the supply of qualified academics and university leaders: to increase and expand the connectivity of universities and disciplinary networks and deepen the use of Information and Communication Technologies in teaching research and management
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