African graduates persona non grata in Britain? – Younger Africa

Island spirit, are you there? After withdrawing from the institutions of the European Union, the UK seems determined to drastically filter economic immigration. A new procedure for obtaining British visas has the stated aim of choosing the “brightest and best” graduates, even without applying for a local job offer. Neither xenophobia nor racism in the program, if we are to believe the thinkers of this system who indicate that eligible graduates are which regardless of place of birth. Nothing but immigration chosen by merit criteria, anyway…


On the other hand, the filter is at the level of universities recognized in the new procedure. To be selected for this “excellence” visa, an alumnus must have obtained their degree in the five years prior to their application, at a non-British university that appears, in the year in which it was awarded, in the top 50 of at least two of the world ranking, the Times Higher Education (annual ranking of faculties of the magazine of the same name), the World Ranking of Quacquarelli Symonds Universities (one of the three most prestigious university rankings, along with those of the Schedules and Shanghai) or Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai ranking). However, in the current state of the British team, only establishments from the United States, Europe and Asia appear on the list. Regardless of honors earned and specialties studied, campus graduates Africans, South Asians and Latin Americans are invited to move forward…


If Africans who attended higher education institutions on the list can apply for this visa, academics still see this system as a way of excluding talent from the continent. A situation all the more damaging as the graduates in question are particularly struggling with some of the most important challenges of the century, which officially concern British institutions, such as access to energy, climate change or even pandemics. Is an African who obtained a degree in a particularly concerned developing country not as competent as a certified “acculturated” person?

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While some denounce somewhat biased classification criteria – mainly in relation to the years of existence of the university in question and its access to funding – defenders of the new system defend an objective filter devoid of any geographical consideration, recall the possibility of a study at an establishment on the list and underline the invitation made to establishments that have not managed to climb the ladder of excellence to join… Those who despise the African brain drain might see this as an opportunity to retain talent in Africa, because at the best from continent.

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