African Higher Education Open Data

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About CHET's on-line higher education performance indicators

The data presented here has been collected over several years by the Centre for Higher Education Transformation's Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) project. Data has been collected for a group of eight 'flagship' universities in Africa – University of Botswana, University of Cape Town, University of Dar es Salaam, Eduardo Mondlane University, University of Ghana, Makerere University, University of Mauritius and University of Nairobi.

These eight universities are described as flagship universities because each is the most prominent public university in its country, and because all of the universities have broad flagship goals built into their vision and mission statements.

For the governance of African universities to function effectively, it is crucial that university councils understand how the performance of universities will be assessed by governments, funders, higher education councils and other stakeholders. CHETīs experience has been that this will not be an easy task for many university councils; currently very few institutions produce datasets which enable council members to engage meaningfully in discussions about the performance of their institution.

CHET therefore publishes its performance indicator data on-line to enable university councils to better assess their performance relative to the stakeholder's expectations, to their own institutional targets and to the performance of their peers.

This data tool will also be of use to higher education researchers, analysts, policy-makers and other decision-makers seeking a more detailed, empirically-based picture of African higher education at the university rather than at the system level.

About the data

Data were obtained directly from each of the eight universities participating in the HERANA project. The quality of the data presented in this report is therefore dependent to a large degree on the accuracy of the institutional data submissions. The data were supplied by the institutions and were checked by the institutions on two separate occasions. Institutions are welcome to submit to CHET further corrections and updates which may have become evident since the last checks made in 2013.