By Ayo Ajayi
Former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, has urged African universities to move away from the colonial system of education and focus on science and technology.
Mahama who was the chairman of the 23rd Lagos State University Convocation Lecture on Thursday stated that universities must provide visionary leadership, have academic autonomy saying that political institutions must avoid interference with the running of academic institutions.
Speaking on how African universities can set the tone as African centres of excellence, the Former Ghanaian President, however, said to achieve this they must be adequately funded.
He stated that African universities must collaborate with each other, adding that they should have multiple campuses for different specialisations in different countries.
Mahama said African universities could help bridge the gap created in African countries by focusing on science, technology and innovation which could be the catalysts for the development of Africa.