Reading this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education presents a reality check on the looming decline in academic minds in African universities:
African universities are rapidly losing their faculty members to retirement and industry, and their capacity to educate new Ph.D. holders is eroding, raising deep concerns about the continent’s ability to produce new generations of academics
While student enrollment numbers are growing at very high rates, faculty recruitment lags drastically. What’s more the number of newly recruited faculty offsets those retiring.
Many African institutions have disproportionate numbers of instructors at the two ends of the experience spectrum — many instructors are in their 50s and nearing retirement, and many are younger academics who often lack advanced degrees
Young faculty are asked to do more with less, narrates Susan Balaba Tumwebaze, a lecturer at Makerere University who is:
.. overwhelmed by teaching demands. As the only statistics expert in the department, she .. teach(es) three different courses at the undergraduate and master’s level, leaving her with no time for writing or research.
Dr. Keguro Macharia relates his experiences while conducting research for a project in Kenya and offers his thoughts on the dark clouds hovering over higher education and their silver linings.
And as I had pondered on his post on Gukira, it would be interesting to observe what incentives University Administrators are willing to offer newly minted PhDs, at home and abroad, to recruit and retain them.