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Doctoral education in
Commonwealth Africa
Reflections from ACU projects and programmes
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1.5%
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3.0%
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CHE
SWE
DEU
FIN
GBR
CHN
DNK
AUT
NZL
NOR
IRL
AUS
SVK
NLD
USA
SVN
OECD
FRA
BEL
CZE
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CHE
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DEU
FIN
GBR
CHN
DNK
AUT
NZL
NOR
IRL
AUS
SVK
NLD
USA
SVN
OECD
FRA
BEL
CZE
K...
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CHE
SWE
DEU
FIN
GBR
CHN
DNK
AUT
NZL
NOR
IRL
AUS
SVK
NLD
USA
SVN
OECD
FRA
BEL
CZE
K...
Faculty with doctorates:
Ghana: 28%
Mozambique: 15%
Uganda: 12%
Tettey (2010)
Challenges and solutions?
Early career support
"Greater recognition and support for researchers in their
immediately post-PhD years is critical to e...
STARS
Topics
• Research planning
• Finding funding
• Managing research
• Managing time
• Collaboration
• Publishing
• Ethi...
International or domestic?
“Escalate the numbers of doctoral graduates through
external intervention programmes, for which...
Scholarships in Africa
2400 doctorates
983 since year 2000
93% completion
44 months
77% return rate
Conclusions
1. International links and consolidate opportunities
2. Doctoral and early career support closely linked
3. In...
Dr Matt Mawer
Programme Officer (Evaluation)
The Association of Commonwealth Universities
E: matt.mawer@acu.ac.uk
T: +44 (...
Doctoral education in Commonwealth Africa (CTEF, Kuala Lumpur)
Doctoral education in Commonwealth Africa (CTEF, Kuala Lumpur)
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Reflections on doctoral education in Commonwealth Africa from ACU projects and programmes.

Presented at the meeting of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility, 12 - 13 February 2015, Kuala Lumpur.

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Doctoral education in Commonwealth Africa (CTEF, Kuala Lumpur)

  1. 1. Doctoral education in Commonwealth Africa Reflections from ACU projects and programmes
  2. 2. 0.0% 0.5% 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% 2.5% 3.0% 3.5% CHE SWE DEU FIN GBR CHN DNK AUT NZL NOR IRL AUS SVK NLD USA SVN OECD FRA BEL CZE KOR ISR PRT ITA EST CAN ESP JPN GRC ISL HUN POL BRA RUS TUR MEX CHL ZAF IDN (OECD, 2013) Estimated percentage of age cohort that will complete doctoral education (2011) The situation now?
  3. 3. 0.0% 0.5% 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% 2.5% 3.0% 3.5% CHE SWE DEU FIN GBR CHN DNK AUT NZL NOR IRL AUS SVK NLD USA SVN OECD FRA BEL CZE KOR ISR PRT ITA EST CAN ESP JPN GRC ISL HUN POL BRA RUS TUR MEX CHL ZAF IDN (OECD, 2013) Estimated percentage of age cohort that will complete doctoral education (2011) UK: 2.4% OECD: 1.6% South Africa: 0.1% The situation now?
  4. 4. 0.0% 0.5% 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% 2.5% 3.0% 3.5% CHE SWE DEU FIN GBR CHN DNK AUT NZL NOR IRL AUS SVK NLD USA SVN OECD FRA BEL CZE KOR ISR PRT ITA EST CAN ESP JPN GRC ISL HUN POL BRA RUS TUR MEX CHL ZAF IDN (OECD, 2013) Estimated percentage of age cohort that will complete doctoral education (2011) The situation now? China: 2.2%
  5. 5. Faculty with doctorates: Ghana: 28% Mozambique: 15% Uganda: 12% Tettey (2010)
  6. 6. Challenges and solutions?
  7. 7. Early career support "Greater recognition and support for researchers in their immediately post-PhD years is critical to ensure that available talent is not lost. Unless we collectively address this, the brightest African scholars are liable to sink beneath waves of administration and teaching, rarely to be encountered in research communities again" (Harle, 2011)
  8. 8. STARS Topics • Research planning • Finding funding • Managing research • Managing time • Collaboration • Publishing • Ethics • Supervising students • Communicating to non- academics
  9. 9. International or domestic? “Escalate the numbers of doctoral graduates through external intervention programmes, for which there is successful precedent in recent South African history” (ASSAf, 2010)
  10. 10. Scholarships in Africa 2400 doctorates 983 since year 2000 93% completion 44 months 77% return rate
  11. 11. Conclusions 1. International links and consolidate opportunities 2. Doctoral and early career support closely linked 3. International and domestic solutions
  12. 12. Dr Matt Mawer Programme Officer (Evaluation) The Association of Commonwealth Universities E: matt.mawer@acu.ac.uk T: +44 (0)207 380 6750

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