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Beyond Aid. Britain, Africa and Higher Education: Who benefits? LIDC-RAS debate

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 18:30 to 20:30
Higher education in a development context receives considerably less attention than primary education. Yet it is crucial for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the overall economic development of low and middle income countries. 
In the 2010/11 academic year, there were 36,710 African students enrolled at universities across the UK. Almost half of the African students in the UK were from Nigeria - third country of origin after China and India, surpassing the United States.

This panel debate, the second in our Beyond Aid series, explored the questions of:

  • What is the impact for both the UK and Africa of African students coming to study in UK universities?
  • Is it a simple brain drain versus brain drain dilemma or is the relationship more nuanced than that?
  • What is the socio-economic, political and cultural impact of this phenomenon and what are the policy changes needed to make sure this exchange works to mutual benefit?
Speakers: Professor Graham Furniss (SOAS); Dr Mpalive Msiska (Birkbeck); Lesley Coldham (Tullow Oil); Kwalombota Kwalombota (Public Health Consultant); and Professor David Simon (Canon Collins)
Chair: Jeff Waage (LIDC Director)
Organisers: LIDC, Royal African Society (RAS), Canon Collins Trust


Beyond Aid is a joint project developed by the Royal African Society (RAS) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC), which aims to look beyond the perspectives of the development aid agenda and beyond the traditional leader-follower view of Britain-Africa relations. Using the RAS’ political engagement and public outreach and the academic resources of the LIDC, the two organisations have joined forces to host a series of debates exploring the impact of Britain’s non-aid activities on Africa and vice-versa. 
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