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Africa’s doctoral graduates have a different role to play across the continent than they did in the years immediately after independence. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

How African doctorates and doctoral candidates are changing

Doctoral studies are valued as an engine for development in Africa. If doctoral graduates are to meet this challenge, the very structure of the doctoral programme must change.
Victoria Island waterfront in Lagos. President Buhari needs to emulate China and South Korea by urgently investing in science and technology to take Nigeria’s economy to the next level. Reuters/Joe Penney

Science and technology hold the key to Nigeria reaching its full potential

Investing in science, technology and innovation can help give Nigeria a positive lift in many sectors of the economy.
Australian manufacturing can provide the “silver sliver” - or the high-value - part of world goods. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Chasing the ‘silver sliver’: making sure innovation doesn’t slip through our fingers

Australia has the frustrating distinction of repeatedly producing world-beating ideas - only to lose them overseas. Why can't we hold onto what we invent?
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt (centre) prior to the Queensland Budget being delivered in State Parliament in Brisbane. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Queensland’s budget puts it back on track to be a smart state

The Palaszczuk government's first budget for Queensland has promised to drive new investement and jobs in the knowledge based sectors.
Prospective students storm the gates at the University of Johannesburg in 2012. The demand for universities is soaring across Africa. Adrian de Kock/EPA

Private universities in Africa are missing a trick

Africa needs private universities. But far more must be done to make them powerhouses of knowledge, research and graduate output.
Can the inner city of Johannesburg become the flat white that is proving the perfect brew in London’s East End? Wits Archives

The plan to make Johannesburg home to a digital revolution

Drawing on models that have proved hugely successful in major cities around the world, Wits University is creating a large and ambitious Digital Innovation Zone.
Scientists have struggled to work together to provide solutions for societal challenges such as energy and climate change. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Collaboration plan for South African scientists fails to take off

There is a long road to travel before South Africa's scientists live up to the grand expectations to encourage solutions to the country's problems and boost the economy.

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