BULDING FORESIGHT CAPACITY TO GUIDE AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT

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Date and time: 
Tue, 2018-10-30 15:19
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KICC

(Prof. Goolam Mohammed Bhai-Former VC University of Mauritius) gives a presentation on foresight at the 2018 RUFORUM conference at KICC)

This was a plenary session held during the 2018 Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference at KICC Friday 26th October 2018

The lead speaker Isabelle Resiss from Clarivate Analytics discussed on the importance of Web of Science in research.  She noted research data is growing rapidly. The opportunity to reveal meaningful linkages between past and current research, collaborators, funders and research impact is huge, she challenged the researchers to connect With the Web of Science platform, so that they can access world-class research literature and also discover new information through captured metadata and citation connections. (From web of science-clarivate)

The next speaker was Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai (former Vice Chancellor University of Mauritius) discussed on how foresight can be used to plan higher education to meet Africa’s development needs. Prof Goolam noted Sub Saharan Africa has the lowest GTER (gross tertiary enrollment ratio) than any other region in the world. There is huge pressure to increase tertiary enrollment in SSA resulting from demographic structure (rapid increase of youth in search of education and improved access/success at primary/education level. Prof Goolam also noted that the estimated tertiary enrollment in sub-Saharan Africa by year2050 will be at 103 million from 9 million in 2017. He however highlighted a no of challenges involving the African higher education dilemma

  • From 2015 to 2050 there will be a tenfold increase in tertiary enrollment yet
  • Further expansion of public higher education is already becoming difficult-lack of government funding
  • Private and CBHE (coordinating board of higher education) institutions are rapidly increasing but their motive is usually business and their quality often doubtful. Higher education is a public good and should not be completely privatized
  • There is currently high graduate employment in most African countries
  • How can the higher education sector absorb the huge increase in enrollment?

Foresight can help to address the HE (Higher Education) dilemma of African countries by following the 3-p approach:

  • Prospective- look into the future of higher education in Africa
  • Policy oriented- what changes in policies are necessary in HE
  • Participatory- involvement of all stakeholders involved in HE

The last speaker Dr. Moses Osiru (RUFORUM Secretariat) touched on the ‘Call for action for in HE in Africa’. He noted that inequality starts early in education and the children of the poor are the most affected. Poverty and inequality should be eradicated so that we can produce a new mindset and be able to achieve the 7 aspirations of agenda 2063. Dr. Osiro also emphasized on the need of an integrated continent; progressive people that grow in dimensions. We cannot achieve this if the majority of Africans are poor and uneducated. Africa needs good governance and respect for human right. Democracy gives a voice and accountability and African countries must demand for good governance. There is a need for stable and cohesive societies and universities must solve the urgent problems of our societies.

The RUFORUM is a network of 105 universities from 37 African countries. The conference was held from 22-26 Oct 2018 at KICC (Kenyatta International Conference Centre)

 

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