The University of Namibia Seeks to Serve More Than a Country

The young institution nurtures leaders for a new democracy, and hopes to help all of Africa

When Keto E. Mshigeni, a marine biologist at the University of Namibia, looks at oyster mushrooms sprouting from bags of brewery byproducts, he sees more than an edible fungus. He sees a vision for Africa in which university research could help the whole continent.

Mr. Mshigeni's research on a species of seaweed played a key role in establishing Tanzania's seaweed industry, which now