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November 25th, 2019 / University World News

Urgent and considerable investment is needed if African agricultural and life sciences universities are to reach their potential, according to Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).

Speaking to University World News ahead of the 15th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana from 2-6 December, he said although agricultural and life sciences universities, like other higher education institutions in Africa, have seen an increase in student enrolment and massification, this enrolment was “not matched with corresponding investments in staffing, infrastructure and associated services”.

The result is a high student-faculty ratio which leads to universities struggling to deliver high quality training, he said. Ekwamu said this problem impacts the number of PhD-level faculty in many universities because universities produce fewer doctoral graduates. Read more …