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To strengthen Africa’s higher education sector by improving the training, retention, and research productivity of academics in select countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Carnegie Corporation of New York has been a major American philanthropic supporter of higher education in Africa for over two decades. Our grantmaking seeks to deepen and expand the continent’s advanced academic communities, networks, and universities, and promote policies that inform the growing higher education sector.
As African governments increasingly recognize the benefits of knowledge-based economies, research-active academics, whose training is relevant to the African context and who work in universities equipped to retain them, becomes essential. With a steady increase in both the number of universities and student enrollment, keeping pace with the growing need for academic staff is a daunting challenge. More skilled and knowledgeable university lecturers must be trained, and a number of universities must move from being largely undergraduate teaching institutions toward building robust research programs as training grounds for future lecturers. This transition requires new thinking about the provision of researcher development and retention on the continent.
With the aim of nurturing a vibrant corps of African academics working within dynamic and supportive university environments, our grantmaking is focused on: