Higher Education minister says Africa has key to its own problems

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology, Badara Joof, said Africa’s solution lies within the African continent not beyond.

Mr. Joof was speaking during the 6th International Meeting of U6 Vice Chancellors at the University of The Gambia’s Auditorium on Monday.

Addressing the gathering, the minister of higher education said; “we have to look within to solve our problems as a continent because the solutions lie in the continent not beyond and higher education is pivotal in solving the problems.”

“Africa’s solution lies in Africa. African universities have a role to play because African higher education must go for the eradication of poverty and illiteracy. Universities of Africa have a role to play to make us first class citizens”, he said.

According to Minister Joof, Higher Education is the solution to such problems as the illegal migration, youth unemployment and therefore universities consortium should set the pace in the continent.

“The U6 Consortium should set the pace for Africa; rediscover our strength as a continent,” he said. “The professors have a role to play, to give us quality education being a functional university exposing us to the digital world, digital economy and digital development”.

The U6 Consortium is the combination of founding universities in the sub region that work together for academic excellence.

The vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Prof. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, said the U6 consortium plays vital roles among the upkeep of the member universities.

“The U6 consortium has the objective, among other things, to cooperate in a variety of joint academic and educational activities that include, but are not limited to organising, promoting and coordinating long and short-term faculty and student exchanges and other academic activities; facilitating and coordinating joint research activities and curriculum development”

“It also has the objective of enhancing capacity development of the partner universities to carry out relevant research and to supervise joint post-graduate projects”

Prof. Anjum highlighted importance the consortium will play in the continent.

“The consortium is an important project and I am of the belief that the degree of collaboration amongst members of the consortium will help shape the development of the African continent,” he said.

This year’s consortium meeting hosted by the University of the Gambia brought together vice chancellors of member universities.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko