Africa has one of the youngest populations in the world. The median age of citizens in African countries is less than 20. At the same time, multinational corporations flock to Africa for two reasons: a) to claim a part of its enormous consumer market and b) to hire youthful and low-cost personnel. As a result, we have seen a sharp increase in the demand for well-qualified graduates. Millions of young people apply to study with African universities. They are looking for higher education that is affordable, easily accessible and credible.
While waiting for the vaccine to save millions of lives, we realise the consequences of the pandemic crisis. Lives are lost, confidence in governments is lost, businesses close, jobs are lost, markets crumble. The future is uncertain, but that the way we live and interconnect will be changed forever.
University challenges Universities are facing diverse social and economic challenges: reduced government funding, higher costs to maintain facilities, strikes by students or staff and now the coronavirus pandemic. Such challenges cause disruptions and affect the efficient operation of universities. As a result, higher education institutions search for alternatives to traditional on-campus teaching, to overcome these…
Should Africans prepare for more measures against the pandemic?
As the numbers of covid19 cases grow in Africa, governments will take more measures. The rapidly spreading virus must be stopped. Bans on foreign travel and restrictions in movement are already in place in many countries. Furthermore, citizens may be asked to stay in their homes and avoid physical contact with others. Even walking in the park you are asked to keep a distance of two metres from others.