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A Review of Cross Border Higher Education in Africa: Focus on Graduate Level Training in Engineering and Technology

Banadda, N.


Oteyo, I. N.


Nampala, P.


Dintwa, E.


Adipala, E.

Banadda, N. 1
Oteyo, I. N. 2

Nampala, P. 3 ,

Dintwa, E. 4
Adipala, E. 3 
  1. Department of Bio-mechanical and Environmental Engineering, Makerere University, Uganda 1

  2. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya 2

  3. Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Uganda 3

  4. University of Botswana, Botswana 4

Pages: 46-53

DOI: 10.18488/journal.26/2016.5.4/

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Article History:

Received: 08 February, 2016
Revised: 10 June, 2016
Accepted: 18 October, 2016
Published: 09 January, 2017


Cross border education has become part of the options for higher education in countries with inadequate education opportunities. This is based on the fact that education is one of the pillar for economic development and improved living standards. Thus, many nationals from different African countries are taking higher education seriously and are seeking every available opportunity to pursue it. Consequently, this translates to an ever increasing demand for higher education in the continent. Cross border higher education has potential to meet this growing demand and provide more opportunities that can be leveraged to meet the engineering threshold for Africa and provide home grown technological solutions. This paper was motivated by the Mobility for Engineering and Technology Graduates (METEGA) in Africa and similar projects that have seen students move to other countries in the continent for graduate training. The paper presents a review of cross border higher education with a focus on graduate level training in engineering and technology.
Contribution/ Originality
This paper presents useful synthesis on trends in cross border higher education focusing Engineering and Technology. Africa needs more engineers and this paper presents a case for a concerted efforts for stakeholders to address cross border hurdles linked to training quality engineers for Africa.


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Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


The authors would like to thank the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Makerere University, Uganda) for allowing the use of their resources while preparing the manuscript for this paper, the Mobility to Enhance Training of Engineering Graduates

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