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The new Prime Minister has an opportunity to reverse the cuts to science funding and transform Australia into an innovative nation. Tracy Sorensen/Flickr

Turnbull has an opportunity to make Australia a science nation

A Turnbull government has an opportunity to redirect Australia towards being a science and innovation nation.
An oil worker stands on the deck of a tanker at Bonga off-shore oil field outside Lagos. Africa’s extractive industries are committed to local content but universities aren’t producing the right kind of graduates. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Why local content in Africa’s extractive sector won’t work without home grown human capital

Huge investments have been made to develop Africa's extractive industry. The challenge now is to forge collaboration between the industry and institutions of higher education to build a skills base.
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.

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