Abuja - University of Witwatersrand (Wits), one of the leading tertiary institutions in the continent, hopes to attract students from Nigeria and other African countries during in its current postgraduate enrolment exercise.
The South African university's Vice-chancellor, Adam Habib, in a statement said, said the institution aimed to enrol 1 200 postgraduate students by 2014 in a drive to tap Africa’s growing education sector.
He said he was ready to engage in a “global war for the very best academic talent.”
“If we are going to be the best, then we have to secure the best scholars and scientists on the planet,” he said.
The Wits recruitment drive will take place within South Africa, Nigeria and other regional powerhouses such as Ghana and Kenya.
Enrolment in sub-Saharan African universities has boomed over the last four decades, growing by over 8 percent per year, according to United Nations figures.
A series of problems such as inadequate funding and infrastructure decay has stunted the growth in Nigeria.
All public universities in the country are currently affected by a strike as lecturer unions insists that government must provide release adequate funds to improve the standard of universities.
With numerous other problem facing the Nigerian academic system, many Nigerian students now prefer to study abroad.
- CAJ News