What Are the Top Global Destinations for Higher Education for African Students?

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Sep 15, 2023 | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

With a median age of about 19 years, Africa’s population is projected to comprise 23 percent of the world’s labour force by 2050. The task of providing quality education and opportunities for millions of young Africans is of key importance, reason Zainab Usman and Aline Abayo of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. France is the most popular destination for Africans seeking higher education abroad. In 2020, France hosted approximately 126,000 African students. China comes in second with roughly 81,500 students and the United States third with approximately 48,000 African students. Other countries among the top twenty destinations outside the continent include Germany, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and Türkiye. There appears to be a shift in African students’ higher education choices toward a variety of emerging economies and middle powers beyond the former colonial powers. 


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