Global leaders are meeting at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to adopt the sustainable development goals for the next 15 years to 2030. One of the goals is on inclusive quality education and continuous professional development for all. African leaders recognize that higher education is a key for the attainment of the sustainable development goals.
The successes of most OECD and emerging economies have demonstrated that economic growth such as the 5% realized by African countries has been attained due to the increasing number of scientists who graduate from various universities. Recent World Bank studies have shown that Sub-Saharan Africa could have a return of 20% on higher education investments.
On the margins of the 70th UNGA on Saturday September 26th, 2015, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi in his capacity as Champion for higher education in Africa will preside over a side event on “A strategy for strengthening higher education for achieving the sustainable development goals in Africa”. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the strategies to strengthen the quality of higher education, science technology and innovation in Africa for the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
The success of the strategies will rely on Africa’s own ability to mobilize its higher education institutions. Higher Education must train and release quality and skilled graduates, who are linked to Africa’s realities and are able to support economic growth and development, wealth creation and sustainable poverty reduction.
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