Whether it's money from governments, private corporations or religious organizations, foreign investment in higher education programs in sub-Saharan Africa is critical to tackling a host of challenges- from AIDS transmission rates to preparing college graduates to compete in a global economy. Educators in "professional subjects- such as medicine, engineering, and law - are in short supply, largely because of the unattractive pay, living and working conditions of institutions vis--vis the greener pastures either locally, regionally, or overseas," says Damtew Teferra, director for Africa and the Middle East at the New York-based Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program and the founder and director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa.\n While "brain drain" in the region's universities is a cause for concern, new communication modes have made it possible for intellectuals who may have left Africa to participate in the academic and scholarly initiatives of their home countries.
MAKING STRIDES: South of the Sahara Dana Wilkie International Educator; Nov/Dec 2008; 17, 6; Docstoc pg. 34
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