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Science and technology human resource capacity building in Africa: the role of regional cooperation

Massaquoi, Joseph

Abstract:
In this paper, the author presents the results of a survey of the status quo of science and technology human resources capacity in higher education institutions in the African region.  It has been established that the human resources capacity for scientific and technological research is minimal.  Massaquoi posits that there is a need for a model of regional cooperation that will rapidly increase human resources potential in all areas of science and technology.  The challenges and opportunities of regional cooperation are discussed.  The performance of different models, each which could possibly increase the number of scientists in Africa, are analysed.  The author provides an overview of the main issues surrounding human resources capacity building in science and technology, its challenges and opportunities and concludes that two models are required: one which is dedicated to the development of higher quality research and a model which will ensure human resource capacity building in higher education institutions. 

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Title of Paper: Science and technology human resource capacity building in Africa: the role of regional cooperation
Conference Name: Second International Colloquium on Research and Higher Education Policy
Conference Date: 2006-12-29
Conference Location: UNESCO, Paris, France
Published as Proceedings: yes


Date:2006
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Capacity Building, Science and Technology, Regional Cooperation, Staff Retention, Training Needs, Higher Education Research, Brain Drain, Networks


File Size:81 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the author.
Date Added:03 June 2008


Massaquoi, Joseph (2006). Science and technology human resource capacity building in Africa: the role of regional cooperation Presented at the Second International Colloquium on Research and Higher Education Policy, UNESCO, Paris, France, November 2006