Category Archives: Africa


Can Overseas Branch Campuses Reflect Local Values?

Makerere University in Uganda was once an external college of the University of London.  Here is the main administration building.

Uganda’s Makerere U., once an external college of the U. of London.

We have been thinking a lot recently about the impact on local cultures of importing foreign higher education. How are outside providers different from indigenous institutions? How do branch campuses gain legitimacy and become embedded within the host country’s system of education? What does it mean when a campus established by a foreign university says it is a local institution?

More than 60 countries are home to some 201 inter…


Looking Ahead: 4 International Trends for 2014

Crystal_ball_(1)It’s a new year, and we’re dusting off the crystal ball to make new prognostications about the future of global higher education. But first, let’s evaluate the predictions we made last year to find out what we got right (and wrong) in 2013.

We correctly predicted that there would be greater pushback against foreign branch campuses and other international programs set up by American universities. At the beginning of 2013, we already knew that John Sexton, president of New York University, was fac…


In the Developing World, a Renaissance in Christian Higher Education

The following is by Rick Ostrander, provost of Cornerstone University.

A classroom at the Uganda Christian College.

A classroom at Uganda Christian U.

My plane touches down just before midnight at Entebbe airport, by the shores of Lake Victoria, on a warm humid evening in East Africa. I walk through a drab, tired-looking terminal and out to a waiting vehicle in a dimly lit parking lot. I have arrived in Kampala, Uganda, for a four-day visit to Uganda Christian University and a front-row seat to a global revolut…


Building Sustainable Programs Abroad

The following is by Diane M. Kellogg, an associate professor of management at Bentley University.


Bentley U. students learn from a cocoa farmer in Ghana about sustainable agriculture efforts.

It started with a phone call. For a few years I had been helping my friend Carol Gray raise money to build an orphanage in Ghana, but everything changed when Carol called with news of her third diagnosis of cancer. “I want to die knowing the orphanage can support itself…


Egypt’s Revolt Brings Hope for Higher Education

The following is a guest post by Farouk El-Baz, director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. From 1978 to 1981, he served as science adviser to the late Anwar Sadat, former president of Egypt.

A June 28 protest in Cairo against then-President Muhmammed Morsi.

A June 28 protest in Cairo against then-President Mohamed Morsi

Under the rule of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt stagnated for three decades. The country stood still as other nations developed and the world ch…


U.S. Universities Are Critical for Work in Developing Countries

The following is a guest post by Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Peter McPherson, resident of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

U.S. higher education is uniquely positioned to contribute to the agriculture, health, and economic prosperity of developing countries. And the U.S. government plays an important role supporting such work. But that partnership between government and universities c…


Don’t Go Soft on Study Abroad: a Call for Academic Rigor

The following is a guest post by William G. Moseley, chair and professor of geography at Macalester College. He has worked and conducted research in Africa for 25 years.

Study abroad can be a powerful experience for many students. A student’s trip overseas can be one of those transformative educational periods after which a young person will never look at the world the same way again. Yet many students, faculty members, and college administrators don’t take this educat…


Preserving Philanthropic Gains in Africa

The following is a guest post from Joanna Motion, a partner with More Partnership, a fund-raising consulting group based in Dundee, Scotland.

The preserved skeleton of philosopher Jeremy Bentham is on display at the University College London.

Jeremy Bentham, the 19th-century philosopher and radical, popped up twice recently during a tour of London by a group of African university leaders. Once it was the man himself, or at least his skeleton, preserved, as requested in …


An Educational Success Story Amid Nigeria’s Violence

Following is a guest post by Margee Ensign, president of the American University of Nigeria.

Students at the American U. of Nigeria working in the institution’s biology laboratory.

Recently it seems all the headlines concerning Nigeria are about violence. The Boko Haram terror group has put the West African nation on edge with its periodic attacks. But such incidents, while deplorable, should not overshadow the positive steps happening here to relieve inequity and expand…


The Brain Drain Within Africa

The following is a guest post by John D. Holm, the former director of the Office of International Education and Partnerships at the University of Botswana and director of international programs at Cleveland State University.

International-development experts have expressed much concern about the brain drain of African scholars to universities in North America and Europe. Largely neglected in this discussion is the movement of academics taking place within Africa itself….