Nigeria has over 70,000 PhDs, Nearly 10,000 are Unemployed Despite Shortage of Qualified Lecturers

The recent Unemployment and underemployment report (Q4 2017- Q3 2018) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) once again showed alarming figures for the unemployment rate in Nigeria, reporting a national unemployment rate of 23%. Worrying, but that’s not the gist in this article. The report contained some stat that caught my attention. First… Read More Nigeria has over 70,000 PhDs, Nearly 10,000 are Unemployed Despite Shortage of Qualified Lecturers

Atiku vs Ezekwesili: Tertiary Education Plans of Nigeria’s Presidential Candidates

Academic activities in Nigerian public universities have been on hold since November 4th due to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Strike. ASUU strike has become a major part of Nigeria’s university calendar for more than a decade. The union which has shut down universities almost annually and sent students home for periods ranging… Read More Atiku vs Ezekwesili: Tertiary Education Plans of Nigeria’s Presidential Candidates

How Chemistry Kits are Helping Teachers Ignite the Spark of Science

When it comes to physical sciences, South Africa’s pupils lag far behind their peers in other countries. The World Economic Forum ranked South Africa at 128 of 137 countries in math and science education in its most recent competitiveness report. This puts it behind most of its neighbours in the Southern African Development Community. Physical… Read More How Chemistry Kits are Helping Teachers Ignite the Spark of Science

How Science Students in Africa can Build Lab Equipments they Need to Learn

How does one train science students without equipment? As a sociologist of science specialising in African countries, this is a question I get asked with sad regularity. How, African science, technology, engineering and maths educators ask me, can the next generation of globally competitive scientists be trained using teaching laboratories that lack even the most basic… Read More How Science Students in Africa can Build Lab Equipments they Need to Learn

Student-led Entrepreneurship Clubs as a Better Entrepreneurship Development Tool in Nigerian Universities

Most universities in Nigeria have entrepreneurship centres or departments. These were established by the government to create entrepreneurs out of university graduates and boost job creation. The policy is meant to encourage and stimulate entrepreneurial behaviours among students in various universities. These centres organise and coordinate classes on entrepreneurship studies and skill acquisition, after which… Read More Student-led Entrepreneurship Clubs as a Better Entrepreneurship Development Tool in Nigerian Universities

Why African Universities Must Have Innovation Hubs on Campus

University-led innovation hubs have been a norm globally, except in Africa. The Famous Silicon Valley in the United States developed around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford universities, while key European knowledge regions developed at the Sophia Antipolis high-tech park in Côte d’Azur, France, and the Leuven region in Belgium. This geographical proximity… Read More Why African Universities Must Have Innovation Hubs on Campus