The IE Africa Center is advocating for more advanced educational opportunities in Africa.
The centre believes the continent possesses opportunities which should help address most of the challenges confronting it.
These among others were issues discussed at the recent forum by IE Africa Center in Accra.
The argument put forward for investments into higher education in Africa is also premised on the belief that Africa has the potential to provide solutions to some of the global challenges.
That the continent is expected to experience population boom is seen as a market opportunity for industries.
For the Executive President of IE University, Santiago Iniguez de Onzono, African leaders will have to reinvent existing institutions by the adoption of technology.
“It requires lots of leadership in particular but not amazing sums of investments. What I would avoid is replicating the very costly systems that exist in the US and Europe. The advantage of Africa is that many things can be done from scratch in a fresh way, trying to be more efficient and agile in setting up governance at universities and also improving the new forms of teaching,” he said.
Commenting on how African leaders could work to attract youthful brains who train outside the country and are reluctant to return to their home country, he said:
“We need to enhance Africa as a place for business opportunities for developing your career or becoming an entrepreneur. They will return if they see that there are opportunities that they can actually change their environment. You need to consider business people and professionals as they key change-makers in society.”
By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana