Do most politicians understand the importance of the university in society? October 30, 2009

“Since becoming minister of research and of higher education in Senegal this year, I realize that too few people in decision making positions in our countries understand the place and importance of universities in society,” said the Senegalese Minister of Higher Education and Research, Professor Amadou Tidiane Ba. He went on to explain that university people – who take for granted the importance of the university as a training ground for future leaders and decision makers – need to learn to speak in plain language and need to be able to show how higher education and research contribute to Africa’s development.

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