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Winneba (C/R), July 29, GNA – Chief Dr Ramon
Adegoke Adedoyin, President of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, IIe-Ife Osun
State-Nigeria, has said there is the need for a concerted effort by
stakeholders in education to expand and ensure adequate financial support for
graduate education in Africa.

This stands out as one of the biggest
challenges facing higher education in the continent, despite some

Winneba (C/R), July 29, GNA – Chief Dr Ramon
Adegoke Adedoyin, President of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, IIe-Ife Osun
State-Nigeria, has said there is the need for a concerted effort by
stakeholders in education to expand and ensure adequate financial support for
graduate education in Africa.

This stands out as one of the biggest
challenges facing higher education in the continent, despite some international
support for such effort which include the new World Bank Centers of Excellence
Programme, he said.

Chief Dr Abedonyin said this in a speech
during an International Multidisciplinary Conference organized by Graduate
students Association of Ghana-University of Education Chapter for postgraduates
Students at Winneba.

The programme, held under the theme: “Reshaping
Graduate Students for Sustainable Development of the African Continent, was
held under the auspices of the School of Graduates Studies, Institute for
Educational Research and innovation Studies, Center for International Programs,
Center for Conflict Human Right and Peace Studies and Gender Mainstreaming
Directorate.

Chief Dr Abedonyin said it is clear that
graduate programs will have to be financed primarily by African governments
with help from local donors, businesses, and the students themselves.

He said another major focus was to increase
the quality of graduate programs of every level and in the areas of new faculty
members; Ph. D. training opportunities for current faculty members, upgraded
graduate curriculum that meets international standards, providing high-quality
faculties for teaching, research and in higher expectations of excellence from
both students and faculty members.

Chief Dr Abedonyin said colonialism has
devalued African culture norms and institutions adding that African leaders have
inherited a colonial legacy that tends to pit Africans against Africans.

The strength of a nation is not measured by
its quantum of the natural resources or military might, but its crop of
manpower produced by well planned, funded, staffed, equipped and supervised
education system, he said.

GNA


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