Petr Kosina)

Prof Ekwamu Adipala on reform of African Universities (photo credit: Petr Kosina)

Prof Adipala works at RU FORUM (network of regional universities in Eastern and Southern Africa)

We are looking at a Great Challenge, as there has been a global neglect of higher education. The price now is heavy for Africa. Many of our universities are delabitated. E.g. when there is 1 lecturer for 200 or 300 students, sometimes the students do not even fit in the room.

There is a need for major reforms in African Higher Education.

What kind or training is needed? that will allow both students and teachers to operate in a changing world?

We are talking beyond a technical expertise.

Open learning, must be coupled with e-learning

we need to build the internal capacity in african universities to turn content into e-learning materials

you are building the individual as part of the institution

change will require a diversity of actors. lastly: important to help be partners

Two examples:

  • Edulink net of universities; to improve their curricula
  • FARA is running ESCADA. Fara is operating in three sub regions

You are building the individual as part of the institution. Change will require a diversity of actors.

About 40 of us are gathered in Hotel Avenida in Maputo for this workshop, which will be going on for today and tomorrow morning. While participants are introducing themselves, the impressive breadth of our group becomes clear. See also the participants list.
While some are entering from a Knowledge Sharing perspective, others want to think about formal Agricultural Education, others yet about Learning. We are sharing introductions and expectations.
Some of the questions I heard:
Where are we?
What do new developments mean to our practice?
How to deal with the increased complexity?
How to effectively share Knowledge and information?
How to make people understand what CGIAR is doing?

Here you see some notes from the Introductions:

(by Petr Kosina)

(by Petr Kosina)