Expert Central: Ugandan Scholars Better Off Exiting Their Country and Helping Incline Africa to Prosperity

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How often do you see the statistics attributed to a nation like Uganda ranking above the United States in more than one social statistic? Uganda is a nation with a growing youth population hungry for education and they’re enrolling in higher education at an exponential rate. Even more astounding is that of the 4 countries on the world’s top ten list of priority countries to invest in and in turn create jobs are South Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal and Kenya, Uganda also has a rapidly growing middle class and can be counted among the first nations on the global ladder to jump to prosperity. One should not doubt Uganda as an innovative nation with an innovators culture all on its own. These results come from a country whose government is focused and committed on providing a quality education to its citizens.

So how about two of Africa’s foremost fiscally empowered citizen science experts are jumping ship? Two of Uganda’s world class experts who worked extensively on research topics related to climate change, farming and alternative energies are poised to take those cutting edge research results and offer their findings and/or experiences to for-profit entities such as universities in the U.S.

“I’m definitely excited about moving forward; the opportunities in Africa are fascinating, which is why I made the decision to head out” said Charles Mbaziba,

So what does this mean to Uganda as a nation? Is this a brain drain or a gain for Africa? This former Assistant Director for the International Center for Research on Women at the University of Massachusetts Amherst said, “For me it’s a loss, no question about it. We’re losing two excellent professional scholars that have been in the forefront of climate change, crop and food security” adding, “it would be very hard to have top flight scholars stay in their home countries. In fact we are seeing more and more of that.”

“I’d also say it may be a bad thing for Africa if that’s the case. Africa is not the real problem here, it’s not just about Uganda and Zambia. There are three countries on the world’s top ten list of priority countries to invest in and in turn create jobs and economic development. These are South Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal and Kenya. Uganda, if you compare it to some of the others, can be counted among the first nations on the global ladder to jump to prosperity” said Dr. Nate Madden.

So what will she be doing next? “I’m going to set up a company and create jobs. I’m excited, I don’t know how big of a company it’s going to be, but I’m looking forward to using my experience as a scholar to create jobs in the future” said Dr. Mbaziba.

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