The Vermont Connection


Many African scholars feel that there is a need for a re-focusing of goals and purpose among universities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Because of the low retention rate of graduates, who continue to emigrate and work outside of Africa, scholars often view African higher education as a loss of investment. A current educational objective in Sub-Saharan Africa is creating a new generation of African universities that are focused on community development projects and programs aimed at aiding problems related to civil works. With significant financial assistance from foreign investors, however, African universities must be wary of the control external parties will have over internal matters. As a continent long enduring the effects of colonialism, Africa and its educational leaders must be intentional about ensuring that the primary beneficiaries of this developmental process are the African countries affected and those who study, work, and live there.