Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Rise Aims to Shine More B Rightly on African Sector

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Rise Aims to Shine More B Rightly on African Sector

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A project that funds African academics whose careers are "stuck" because they lack the time or money for postgraduate study is asking the World Bank to help it grow tenfold.

The Regional Initiative in Science and Education (Rise) seeks to address the chronic lack of qualified lecturers in sub-Saharan universities. Staff running the project said that almost all the graduate students in the region had to be supported by external organisations because of the lack of funding from national governments.

Arlen Hastings, executive director of the Science Initiative Group, which runs Rise, said that African universities do not have enough qualified tutors and had "crowded classrooms with teachers maybe one year out of school".

The SIG is an international group that tries to foster science in developing countries. Since Rise began in 2008, about 100 scholars have been given funds to pursue science or engineering postgraduate qualifications in nine African countries.

Alan Anderson, a research and editorial consultant at SIG, said that the initiative targets students who aim to be academics but who are "stuck professionally". …

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