IIE Networker - Fall 2008 - (Page 36)

Knowledge Network Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative Empowering African Higher Education for Africa’s Transformation By Earl D Kellogg, Anne-Claire Hervy, Teshome Yizengaw, and Kerry Bolognese Graduation ceremony at Jima University in Ethiopia. Overview This paper examines how higher education can contribute to Africa’s transformation, reviews the challenges and priorities for higher education institution building, and introduces a proposed partnership program among African and U.S. higher education institutions to strengthen African higher education. The issue of transformation and development in Africa is of critical concern. Nearly half of the population of sub-Saharan Africa still lives on less than one dollar a day and many subsist on less than 50 cents a day. Sub-Saharan Africa, furthermore, is the only region in the world where poverty and hunger are projected to increase over the next two decades - unless major new investments are made. These realities are not consistent with a reasonable sense of security, prosperity and justice. Yet, there is progress being made in Africa and there are great opportunities for transformation. To continue this progress in laying the groundwork for sustainable development, enhanced human, technological, and institutional development will be required. Contributions of Higher Education to Development The connection between higher education and development is multifaceted and compelling. Higher education is critical to economic growth and long-term development. Higher education builds human capacity to meet the challenges of this new world and create opportunities for broad-based development. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, with open markets, expanding trade, larger global capital flows, higher education is needed to provide better-educated citizens, workers and leaders who are knowledgeable about the world around them. Our globalized world demands fresh perspectives on public policy and regulation, new approaches to competition and cooperation that are informed by more enlightened education and understanding. Higher education also generates and adapts knowledge and technology critically required for improving productivity

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2008

IIE Networker - Fall 2008
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
The International Dimension of Higher Education: Status, Challenges, and Prospects in Africa
Internationalization in Africa In Relation to Other World Regions
Measuring International Student Mobility Trends: In and Out of Africa
IIENetworker University President’s Interview Series A Conversation with President Mohammad H. Qayoumi, California State University, East Bay
Country Profile: Nigeria
Scholars & Research
Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative
Joint Degree Programs
Advising Students
Study Abroad
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2008