Africa has the youngest population and the fastest growing middle class in the world, particularly in the sub-Saharan region, according to statistics published by the United Nations, UNESCO, and the world bank. This has led to unprecedented growth in the demand for quality higher education, which is set to continue until 2050 and beyond.
Through QS Africa Forum held in Rabat, Morocco, organised by QS Quacquarelli Symonds and hosted by the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, participants were able to engage in inspiring discussions and explore positives examples in higher education practice and projects on the African continent. The forum provided an opportunity for African higher education institutions to:
- Generate discussions around how higher education institutions can grow on the foundation of their strengths to benefit themselves, their local communities and have a positive influence on the future of education in Africa, which meets the needs of Africans and all those living on this great continent.
- Consider how to meet the needs of the continent’s young people, empower, and enable them to reach their best potential, recognize and publicize strengths globally and build a sustainable future full of opportunities that meet societal and educational needs.
- Engage in debates exploring the need to work towards a sustainable and self-sufficient educational future to benefit the rich diversity of people and cultures that call Africa home.
- Reimagine approaches to funding and investment in higher education –approaches and solutions for future sustainability, building infrastructure and technology….
Dr. Ali Elquammah, Director at HEM represented HEM in this event. He took part with various stakeholders in discussions under the theme of Building Brand Africa in Higher Education – Strengths and Opportunities to Reimagine Futures.