There are over a billion people in Africa, yet there are only 2,000 colleges and universities.  In Sub-Saharan Africa 70 per cent of the population is under the age of 30, but only seven per cent of Africans enrol in tertiary education. [2, 3]
Tertiary education is essential. However, the continent faces a number of challenges that must be addressed if it is to truly educate — and empower — the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders.