I certainly believe Africa can rise to the occasion and do right by its people in terms of technology. We, however, have to go slow on technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). The sheer number of unemployed people here means that we are not ready for robots to replace human labor. AI can work in some sectors like agriculture, but I don’t think we are ready for an AI dominated workplace.
We are not restricting ourselves to the four corners of the lecture room; we are embedding technology in everything that we do.
The fact that you can take classes from work or home is evidence of that. Government intervention is also essential in making life much easier for education providers. An enabling environment will enable educators to provide quality education for the human resource base that they want to train.
The thing about doing business in Africa is that you must have strong roots in the host country. We go by an unwritten but well-known law that demands engagement with a local partner wherever we set up outside the Gambia. There is always a deliberate effort to make the host country our second name; that is why we have the likes of TAF-Rwanda and TAF-Nigeria. Local partners are incredibly vital for the success of foreign businesses.
The University of Ghana is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the region. We, therefore, have a responsibility as an institution to develop high-quality human resources not only for the country and continent but also the world. Being one of the most notable institutions in the continent, we are passionate about working towards a peaceful Africa. We also want our home to be industrialised and interconnected, just like the more developed parts of the world. Our strong focus on imparting the right skills will eventually lead to a very sophisticated and able workforce.