This month the world’s top 200 universities list was published. African Universities were conspicuously missing. The top tier was occupied by school in the United States and the United Kingdom. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is number one, Harvard University is second, and Stanford University third.
Experts have proposed possible solutions to this ‘disgrace’. Prof Adei, the Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), attributed African misrepresentation in this list to the Universities’ lack of use of ICT. ”African universities do not make enough use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) so they are not competitive on the international stage ” he said.
I believe many African nations place more importance on other sectors rather than on eduction. The more educated a continent is, the faster it will progress in terms of development. It is about time African governments overhauled its educational system and provided its students with the best infrastructure for research and other academic exercises. I attended a university that had a lecturer teach more than a thousand students at a time. I which breed of students could study under such conditions. Under all these circumstances the authorities looked on as though it were the proper thing. As long as the Universities pretend to teach, the students will pretend to study, and in the end, we won’t make it to the top 200 list….again!