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What's engaging Ghanaian undergraduates' minds?

2014-10-17 11:31:03


 Ghanaians will tell you that they are the best Africa has to offer.  They hold up everything about themselves and their country as the best and an exemplar to be emulated by other Africans.  In fact, Ghanaians look down on other Africans and believe that these other Africans, no matter their station in life, are not Ghanaman’s “co-equal.”  Ghanaians say “tweaa” to all of them.  This is hubris par excellence!  But Ghanaians believe it, especially when it comes to education. Here, Legon is the best and Tech, just out of this world in STEM.  That may well be the case but having met graduate students and academics from other African universities, I am not so sure that Ghanaman’s boast would hold outside Ghana.  But that is the world of pompous self-promotion.



I write this short note within the context of my piece on the state of debate in our universities and among undergraduates, juxtaposed on my earlier posting today on the role of the African soja in fighting the Ebola in our backyard.  When I said in my piece yesterday that I expected Ghanaian undergraduates to be debating the big issues of the day, I had in mind issues such as Ebola and what African governments are doing now, and what the aftermath might look like, what measures should be put in place and how they would be funded.  In effect, how resilient should our plans be in order to combat or at least contain such future emergency. These are practical questions for both current and future policy makers, many of whom we should expect to come fromtoday’s crop of undergraduates. 



The Ebola virus, and the fight against it, goes beyond STEM.  We now know that even when the vaccine is available, huge systems are needed to plan, administer and engage.  These are issues for future geography, economics, sociology, history, philosophy, computer programming, physics and mathematics graduates.  The latter three and geography are very useful disciplines because of the skills that they bring in spatial and network planning and analysis.



If anyone knows whether our undergraduates are talking about Ebola, please let me know.



What are Ghanaian undergraduates talking about?





Good afternoon! 

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