Sunday, May 20, 2007

Africa’s Storied Colleges, Jammed and Crumbling - New York Times

Africa’s best universities, the grand institutions that educated a revolutionary generation of nation builders and statesmen, doctors and engineers, writers and intellectuals, are collapsing. It is partly a self-inflicted crisis of mismanagement and neglect, but it is also a result of international development policies that for decades have favored basic education over higher learning even as a population explosion propels more young people than ever toward the already strained institutions

The New York Times has a piece on the problems facing universities in the rest of Africa. South African higher education isn't in half as bad a state, but it makes for interesting reading. [via]