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Post-2015: Chance for a step change in African science education

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Originally published by scidev.net.

 

  • Science champions will have a ‘big fight’ during negotiations on the next development goals
  • Key to success is careful framing of arguments and prioritising investment
  • Focusing on language support now would show a readiness to start work promptly in 2016

 

If we want to improve the productivity and development outcomes of a country, increasing the quality of science in its higher education sector is essential.

This message is at the heart of SciDev.Net‘s mission. Education, particularly tertiary education, is vital to development and to strengthen our work in this area, we have just entered a partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York during which we will encourage public debate around improving doctoral research in Africa.

Currently there are few debates bigger than the discussion over what kind of educational interventions will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire in 2015.  How should we begin to address this issue? One good option, I believe, would be to start reflecting on the challenges of increasing the number of doctoral candidates across the African continent.

There are two issues that those who would champion science need to engage with in order to get some traction from this international commitment of resources: one related to the framing of the debate, the other regarding implementation.

 

Read the full story at scidev.net.

 

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