Graduate employment time bomb in Sub-Saharan Africa

Monday 01 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 2.5. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

11 million young people will join the job market in sub-Saharan Africa every year for the next decade. Equipped with high level skills, these could drive major economic growth. Yet, despite rapid expansion of higher education, employers complain that universities fail to produce graduates with the right skills, leaving many graduates unemployable.

To mark the publication launch of student views on employability as part of the British Council’s research, 'Universities, employability and inclusive development' (2013-16) this session invites students and graduates to contribute their views. Are universities failing them? Is this why graduate unemployment remains so high? How can countries harness the enormous potential of their young people?

Read our related blog post: How employable are African graduates in their countries?

Ifeoluwa Adedeji
Recent graduate of political science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Ifeoluwa is a recent graduate of political science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Currently he teaches introductory government in the department of local government studies at Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia. As an undergraduate, Ifeoluwa co-founded, a collaborative platform that links tertiary students in Nigeria to course resources created by their peers. Session 2.5

Ifeoluwa Adedeji

Mosa Mangaka Leteane
President - Student Council, University of the Free State, South Africa

Mosa is currently studying as a LLB Law undergraduate in her final year. She has always been passionate about leadership and student activism understanding that they are key ingredients for affecting change at her institution. Female empowerment, the African discourse and social justice are all important topics for Mosa. Session 2.5 Closing Plenary

Mosa Mangaka Leteane

Dr Tristan McCowan
Reader in Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education, UK

Dr McCowan is Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University College London. He is the research team leader for the British Council project “Universities, Employability and Inclusive Development”. Recent publications include "Rethinking Citizenship Education" (Continuum, 2009) and "Education as a Human Right" (Bloomsbury, 2013). Session 2.5

Tristan McCowan

Patricia Kerubo Onyinkwa
Student of Law, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Patricia currently studies at the University of Nairobi, pursuing a Bachelor of Law (LL.B). She begins her third year in May. Upon attaining her degree Patricia would like to venture into human rights law to work with organisations such as FIDA Kenya and ICJ Kenya. Session 2.5

Patricia Kerubo Onyinkwa

Suzette Owusa-Asare
Recent graduate of earth science, University of Ghana, Ghana

Suzette is recent graduate of the University of Ghana where she graduated with a BSc majoring in petroleum geoscience. Suzette values accuracy and research and aspires to become a successful practicing human resource personnel leveraging on classroom learnings and experiences gained from past roles. Session 2.5

Suzette Owusa- Asare

Tony Reilly OBE
Country Director Kenya, British Council, Kenya

Tony has worked for the British Council for 25 years including spells in Sri Lanka, Iraq, Ireland, South Africa, Turkey, Kuwait and Oman. He has a first degree in Sociology and English, a Postgraduate Degree in Education and an RSA Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In January 2012, he was awarded an OBE for services to the British Council overseas. Session 2.5

Tony Reilly OBE

Hannah Sketchley
Democracy and Communications Officer, UCL Stundents' Union, UK

Hannah graduated from UCL in 2014, with a BA in German & History.  She is currently finishing a term as UCL Union's Democracy & Communications Officer, which she juggles with free education activism and being tossed around the UK job market trying desperately to stave off graduate unemployment. Session 2.5

Hannah Sketchley