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March 16, 2024

Experts emphasise strategic collaboration as key to Africa’s higher education development

Experts emphasise strategic collaboration as key to Africa’s higher education development

By Elizabeth Osayande

Experts have emphasized the role of strategic collaboration in the development of higher education in Africa at the just concluded maiden West Africa Hub convening of the Education Collaborative. The two-day event was hosted by Pan-Atlantic University and held at the Marriott hotel in Nigeria. The theme of the event was “Building an ecosystem of excellence for research, leadership, and graduate employability.”

Dr. Peter Bankole, the Chief Operating Officer of Pan-Atlantic University and the Chair of the West Africa Hub Strategic Committee, highlighted the hub’s aim to bring together education leaders from across West Africa and other parts of Africa to collaborate on delivering higher educational value. He stressed the importance of pathways geared towards employability for students and explained that improving individual institutions would contribute to the overall advancement of Africa.

Bankole said, “Today, we are bringing education leaders from across West Africa and some other parts of Africa to collaborate on ways that will ensure we deliver higher educational values so that together we can grow and change the narratives about Africa. Key areas for us are career and employability. We have four key pillars in West Africa hub. What we are assuring ourselves is that from year one, our students should be shown pathways geared towards employability.”

The President of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah, spoke on the need for synergy among various higher institutions in Africa to enhance learning and propel development. He said, “The way I see it is that there is a lot of excellence in every country. And also different universities have areas of strength. So coming together to learn from each other’s strength will make us become better at delivering values.”

The Pro-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Rosemond Boohene, emphasized the goal of establishing an ecosystem aligned with the development agenda of the African continent. She said, “Hub Convening in 2024 presents a unique opportunity for stakeholders in higher education institutions within the sub-region to collaboratively explore innovations and deliberate on strategies aimed at constructing an ecosystem to champion excellence in research and leadership and, ultimately, enhance graduate employability outcomes across West Africa.”

The event provided a platform for stakeholders to share ideas and explore collaborations that will enhance the quality of higher education in Africa and contribute to the continent’s development agenda.