Confronting the Challenges of Graduate Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Fred M. Hayward
  • Daniel J. Ncayiyana
Keywords: graduate education, national development, academic research, quality teaching, graduate enrollments, culture of teaching, learning, and research.


This piece focuses on the current state of graduate education in Sub-Saharan Africa spelling out some of the challenges faced as well as areas of improvement over the last five years. We emphasize the critical importance of graduate education to national development. We make suggestions about creating high quality graduate programs including the critical need for more PhD faculty members and expanded quality research at Africa’s best universities.

Author Biographies

Fred M. Hayward

Fred M. Hayward is a senior higher education consultant at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Daniel J. Ncayiyana

Daniel J. Ncayiyana is former vice chancellor of the Durban University of Technology in South Africa, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Cape Town, and a higher education consultant.

How to Cite
Hayward, F. M., & Ncayiyana, D. J. (2015). Confronting the Challenges of Graduate Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Higher Education, (79), 16-18.
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