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Capacity Building using PhD Education in Africa

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, BC, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-24-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Globally the field of doctoral education is changing, with a move towards more internationalization and away from traditional education tradition. More PhD solutions using blended and e-learning elements, and more working professionals doing a PhD, or PhD students with a job engage in writing a dissertation. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the PhD scene reflects this change. Yet, not much is known in terms of PhD capacity in Africa. While in terms of scientific output the continent is left behind, and thus doctoral education is an area to focus on, research on the effectiveness of doctoral education, and how to improve the educational offering is lacking. In this study, we offer an update of the literature related to doctoral education in Africa, an overview of the needs in the field according to both African PhD fellows and supervisors, and a discussion on the role of e-learning innovations in supporting capacity building.


van de Laar, M., Achrekar, S., Larbi, L. & Rühmann, F. (2016). Capacity Building using PhD Education in Africa. In Proceedings of EdMedia 2016--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 512-528). Vancouver, BC, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 27, 2020 from .


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