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Opportunities for forging higher education partnerships with Africans in the Diaspora

Akinmusuru, Joe; Esiobu, Diuto; Obiekwe, Mike

Abstract:
Discourse on the various factors that accounted for the massive emigration of highly trained Africans to the developed countries of Europe and North America in the 1980's and 1990's have been well documented. The subject of brain drain from developing countries to more developed countries (causes, economic implications, repercussions, etc.) has spawned a huge literary industry with many publications devoted exclusively to the subject.  Nevertheless, debates and discussions about the many problems associated with brain drain are of little effect if they are not backed by cogent action plans and quantifiable implementation. The intent of this paper is first to accept the reality of the present situation regarding African talent export to developed countries, irrespective of what caused the flight. It is fair to assume that for most of the Africans in the Diaspora, the emigration is permanent. In fact, these emigrants may be crucial in their ability to assist in the upliftment of their home countries. Many may return as investors and entrepreneurs, but most would relocate permanently only at retirement. The focus of discussions should therefore be to explore ways in which the current professional positions and clout of these Africans in the Diaspora can be leveraged for the overall benefit.
 

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Title of Paper: Opportunities for forging higher education partnerships with Africans in the Diaspora
Conference Name: Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP)
Conference Date: 2007-10-21
Conference Location: Tripoli, Libya
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2007
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Brain Drain, Diaspora, Partnerships, Higher Education, Scientific Research, Networking


File Size:48 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the Association of African Universities (AAU)
Date Added:03 July 2008


Akinmusuru, Joe; Esiobu, Diuto; Obiekwe, Mike (2007). Opportunities for forging higher education partnerships with Africans in the Diaspora Presented at the Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP), Tripoli, Libya, October 21-25.