Crawford Revie wrote:
> >> `Net May Aid Africa Colleges
> >> By ABEBE ANDUALEM Associated Press Writer
> >> ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Plagued by slim budgets, broken down
> >> equipment and out-of-date and looted libraries, African universities
> >> may soon receive a lifeline from cyberspace.
> >> and so on......
> And then we wonder why people become sceptical of the benefits of the
> Internet?!!! Either this World Bank project was reported very
> inaccurately or this is yet another example of a totally misguided attempt
> at 'technology fix'. We find it very difficult to get 3-4 universitites to
> set up joint courses ('virtual campuses' - to use the jargon) within
> Scotland where we have very good infrastructure (ATM + v. high bandwidth +
> high ratio of machines/student, etc.), shared cultural background and
> common degree structures. Do we really expect 8 DIFFERENT countries in
> Africa to pick up from course output from US/Ireland - even ignoring the
> technology issues (wasn't one of the initial problems that graduates were
> not suited to local job markets!?).
> Let's get real!! I know it's far from unusual but it still makes me a bit
> sad to see another million dollars poured down the drain when there are so
> many other much more focused/more realistic options and in many cases
> potentially self-sustianing (though unfortunately for them, it would seem,
> not so 'exciting') crying out for some initial funding.
> Sorry to be so negative but the report/project really got to me....
> Crawford Revie
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> Department of Information Science
> University of Strathclyde
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I share your feeling. Infact I just returned back from the UK to work in
Ethiopia after studying and working in the UK for the last 7 years. You
know what, I could not work at the University becuase the salary offered
is not enough. I know a lot of my Wetern friends working for NGOs here
in Ethiopia are earning 30 times my salary. Don't ask about the UNDP and
Worldbank staff. They will be earning 40 times my salary.
As you rightly mentioned the 1.2 million to 10 universities would be
120,000 per university. Guess a university prof. here gets around US4000
a year. With that money just imagine how many lecturers you could have.
The are many highly educated Africans who would like to return back to
serve their countries. If the Worldbank is really wanting to help
African universties then the first step would be to encuarge and support
the Africans to return back.
In the end it is only the Africans who could solve thier problems.