Engineering and Science Academy of Germany
In the next 15 years, Africa will need some 400 000 to 500 000 engineers to design, implement and maintain investments into infrastructure, extraction of natural resources, mechanised agriculture and industrial production. Currently, Africa has no more than 40 engineers for every one million inhabitants; the respective indicator stands at 70 to 120 for emerging economies and about 4 000 for advanced European economies.
Producing the required huge number of engineers is entirely impossible with traditional methods and models of tertiary education. Rather, we propose a new, private business-based approach to advanced engineering education in Africa.