Higher Education Convening Ghana: Differentiation and diversitfication of tertiary education

In a commentary on a World Bank Report entitled “Higher Education in Developing Countries-Peril and Promise”, the authors observe, and I quote,

As knowledge becomes more important to the global economy, so does higher education. The quality of knowledge generated within higher education institutions, and its accessibility to the wider economy, is increasingly critical to national competitiveness. However, developing countries are falling behind. Their higher education systems are chronically under-funded, Faculty under qualified and poorly motivated, and students aften badly taught. Developping countries need to teach more students to a higher standard, and develop the research capacity that will help them connect to the knowledge society.

Without more and better higher education, developping countries will find it increasingly difficult to benefit from the global knowledge-based economy.

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Ivan Addae-Mensah

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