The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
Distance learning is one way for Ghanaian entrepreneurs like Sena Ahadji to earn degrees without giving up their work.
Ghana's universities are working hard to bring in more students – including those who can't afford to study full time and want good quality distance learning options.
Africa’s future academics must be found, developed, nurtured and retained.
Africa needs to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent's teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.
People throughout Africa can play a part in the work of the Square Kilometre Array even if they are not scientists.
Citizen science will ensure that the skies have no limit when it comes to research, as ordinary people are encouraged to take part in simple acts of exploration.
Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese.
Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
The “Africa we want” envisioned by the AU can be built - but not without universities’ help and hard work.
Higher education can play a key role in pursuing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration will be crucial.
Post-election violence in Kenya in January 2008. The country was forewarned in its peer review report that trouble was brewing, but took no action.
The African Peer Review Mechanism has made a difference since it was started in 2003. There are multiple examples of reforms that have been introduced as a result. All have gone unnoticed.
King Mswati III, centre, with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in August. Swaziland ranks among the worst in Africa for its level of democracy.
Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
‘Beginning and Ending’, a sculpture by David Hlongwane, stands at the entrance to the University of the Western Cape.
University of the Western Cape media office
More and more African universities are realigning themselves to tackle their countries' societal and economic problems.
The world was surprised when the usually peaceful country of Mali suffered a coup in 2012.
What are the early warning signs of threats to the stability of African democracies? The signs could be seen in Mali before it exploded in 2012. Ghana and others would do well learn from Mali.
Year-on-year change in Ghana’s maternal mortality rate has been slow.
Ghana's success in reduction in maternal deaths is being hampered by bad road infrastructure, female illiteracy, skills shortages and some local pastors.
Prospective students storm the gates at the University of Johannesburg in 2012. The demand for universities is soaring across Africa.
Adrian de Kock/EPA
Africa needs private universities. But far more must be done to make them powerhouses of knowledge, research and graduate output.
Groynes at the Keta Sea Defense Project on Ghana’s coast.
Kwasi Addo Appeaning
Unless something is done to curb erosion, Ghana's coast could soon whither away.
In Kenya, the authorities struggle to keep track of low-fee non-government schools.
Low-fee non-government schools are a permanent part of achieving education for all. They should be treated as such.
Ghana’s education system has been slammed in a new global report. Could making schools more culturally savvy fix the problem?
Critics of Ghana's education system suggest that making local cultural values a fundamental part of the education system will create a happier, more harmonious society.
When asked to document their own literacy practices, children in Ghana revealed a rich life of learning outside formal school structures.
There are about one million children not attending formal school in Ghana, but a programme in two small villages is a reminder that learning happens outside traditional classrooms too.
Senior Queensland Police at the 2014 launch of the Stay on Track Outback road safety project, sponsored by Santos, Izuzu and others.
Queensland Police Service
The Queensland Police will now disclose all sponsorships, after a backlash over almost A$700,000 in unnamed donations. But what are the lessons from elsewhere about police and corporate donors?
A helicopter flies above the pitch to disperse fans during the semi-final match between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.
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