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Friday, 25 March 2011 00:44

Why are there no African universities in the top 100?

Written by Sean Coughlan (BBC)
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Global Universities Ranking - Africa missing in Action

League tables have spread across higher education like fast-growing ivy. But there is something missing from these global rankings of institutions. An entire continent. You can look through the lists of the top 100 universities and not find a single African institution. There are US and European universities, plus a growing number from

countries such as China and South Korea. But Africa is conspicuous by its absence.Globalisation in universities is often wrapped in a feel-good language of international partnerships and money-spinning global networks. It is seductively easy to get lost in the achievements of these illustrious, prize-laden institutions. But what if global competition concentrates all the power and prestige in an increasingly narrow group of mega universities? What happens if it leaves a whole continent out of the loop?

further reading  By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent

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