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According to a study, African technology hubs are challenging the dominance of traditional universities as sources of knowledge production, and are becoming better suited to a fast-paced knowledge economy. While traditional universities are struggling with limited resources, inadequate industry engagement and institutional disciplinary knowledge limitations, the tech hubs are effective in economic and social value creation by creating new jobs, stimulating the entrepreneurial ecosystem and improving life quality for the poor socioeconomic groups, writes Laura Owings for SciDev.net.

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Fezeka Mavuso in the Bandwidth Barn, a hub for entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha, South Africa (file photo).