NATURE | Build Science in Africa

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Published: 26Jun2019

Africa’s population is projected to nearly quadruple over the next century1. And that is following a staggering increase over just seven decades — from 200 million people in 1950 to 1.25 billion in 20182. 

To face these formidable challenges, Africa must improve its capabilities in higher education and research. Yet the quality of the scientific education provided at many universities on the continent has, if anything, deteriorated over the past two decades, explain researchers, including McGill's Colin Chapman, professor for the department of Anthropology and for the McGill School of Environment. 

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