Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa: Report back from HERANA
Event place / date
25 – 27 August 2010, Le Franschhoek Hotel, Franschhoek
Aims of Meeting
The Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) was established in 2007. The research and advocacy components of HERANA are funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Higher Education Masters in Africa programme is funded by NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development).
The aims of the Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa project are to explore the relationship between economic development and higher education policy and planning, on the one hand, and the institutionalisation of university development activities, on the other. The project includes eight African countries in its sample.
The main aims of the meeting will be to:
- Provide a brief overview of the project and its analytical framework
- Report on the main findings
- Obtain feedback from participating institutions and invited participants
|Nico Cloete||Centre for Higher Education Transformation||CHET Director|
|Tracy Bailey||Centre for Higher Education Transformation||Project Manager|
|Peter Maassen||University of Oslo||Director, HEDDA|
|Pundy Pillay||University of the Western Cape/CHET||Extra-Ordinary Professor/Consultant|
|Gerald Ouma||University of the Western Cape/CHET||Senior Lecturer/Consultant|
|Ian Bunting||Centre for Higher Education Transformation||Consultant|
|Charles Sheppard||Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University||Director of Planning|
Performance Indicators Contacts
|Silas Onalenna||Botswana||Assistant Director, Institutional Research|
|Amandina Lihamba||Dar es Salaam||Acting Director, Directorate of Public Service|
|Patricio Langa||Eduardo Mondlane||Faculty of Education|
|Alfred Quartey||Ghana||Director, Planning|
|Florence Nakayiwa-Mayega||Makerere||Dept of Planning and Development|
|Anjana Daiboo||Mauritius||Office for Quality Assurance|
|Charles Sheppard||NMMU||Director, Planning|
|Isaac Mazonde||Botswana||Director, Research and Development|
|Daniel Mkude||Dar es Salaam||Department of Linguistics|
|Maria da Conceição||Eduardo Mondlane||Faculty of Education|
|Ben Ahunu||Ghana||Provost of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences|
|Vincent Ssembatya||Makerere||Faculty of Science|
|Henri Li Kam Wah||Mauritius||Associate Professor, Faculty of Science|
|Samuel Kiiru||Nairobi||Project Assistant, Institute for Development Studies|
|Heather Nel||NMMU||Director, Strategic and Institutional Planning|
|Claudia Frittelli||United States of America||Programme Officer, Carnegie Corporation|
|Francois van Schalkwyk||South Africa||CHET Consultant|
|John Butler-Adam||South Africa||Programme Officer, Ford Foundation|
|John Douglass||United States of America||Centre for Public Policy, Berkeley University|
|Karen MacGregor||South Africa||Editor, University World News|
|Michele Rostan||Italy||Director, Centre for Research on Higher Education Systems, Milan|
|Monique Ritter||South Africa||CHET Consultant|
|Njuguna Ng’ethe||Kenya||Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi|
|Praveen Mohadeb||Mauritius||Mauritius Tertiary Education Council|
|Richard Neill||Botswana||Director, Policy and Planning, Tertiary Education Council, Botswana|
|Thandi Lewin||South Africa||Chief Director, University Policy, Department of Higher Education and Training|
|Thierry Luescher||South Africa||CHET Consultant|
|Trish Gibbon||South Africa||Director, Planning, University of Johannesburg|
It was as usual, a perfectly planned, organised and executed CHET event. Thanks for all your hard work and that of Linda and the Millennium team.
As for Nico and the CHET group, they have pulled off a fantastic set of very professional reports that will have a huge impact on the participating countries/institutions.
Trish Gibbon: Director, Planning, University of Johannesburg
For me, I rate all aspects of the conference as excellent. I appreciate all the effort every one put in to make the conference a successful one.
I trust that it will yield the desired results, so we all see improvements in our contributions to the development of our countries and the continent of Africa.
On return, I have made a verbal report to the Vice-Chancellor who is anxious to create the necessary platform for the wider University community to discuss some of these matters.
Warmest regards to all.
Joseph Budu: Registrar, University of Ghana
I thoroughly enjoyed the Seminar. It was very informative as you have noted and we appreciated the honest comments that issued. We are looking forward to seeing some of the concerns addressed in the final report. It was good to know not only where we stand relatively, but also how relevant or otherwise we as universities are to economic development of our respective countries.
Thanks for the excellent arrangements and warm hospitality.
Ben Ahunu: Provost of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana
The pleasure was all mine. I’m incredibly fortunate to have outstanding grantees – including CHET! The workshop was a great success and I learned a great deal (as always). Thanks you for all the work you put into making the event the success it was.
John Butler-Adam: Programme officer, Ford Foundation
Thank you very much for your kind welcome and fruitful discussions. As I have mentioned to Nico, I would like to have the list of publications of University of Mauritius which have appeared in the ISI database for the different years and compare them with our annual reports.
Henry Li Kam Wah: Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius
Thank you both for the invitation, and for an interesting meeting and comfortable night’s sleep!
Thandi Lewin: Chief Director, University Policy, Department of Higher Education and Training
Back safely in Maputo.
My very warm thanks for all your efforts in connection with the Seminar. It was a great outcome in spite of the difficulties you may have to gather the necessary information.
I was very glad to meet you and had a wonderfull time all in all. I wish you all the best and every success in your very important work.
Once again thank you for inviting me and for your hospitality.
Maria da Conceicao: Faculty of Education, Eduardo Mondlane University
Hi Nico - Missed my flight from Amsterdam and KLM put me up in a nearby hotel. Worked out fine and I got to San Fran yesterday afternoon.
Peter and I hung out at the KLM VIP lounge in Cape Town airport. He is a true world traveler and wealth of knowledge.
Thanks very much for inviting me to Cape Town and Franschhoek. It was great to finally meet you, and to get the chance to learn and interact with you and your colleagues. I learned much! You are a fantastic host and most capable chief of operations!
I am still recuperating from all the great food and wine, and the tremendous scenery in Cape Town and the immediate environs.
John Douglass: Centre for Studies in Higher Education – UC Berkeley
I want to note how impressed I was by the research work generated by the HERANA Project and CHET, and the high level of the discussion and sense of collegiality among the various participants at our meeting in Franschhoek.
It seems very apparent to me that there is much progress being made in key African universities, and that there is much to be gained by further self-examination and shared discussion on the challenges faces these institutions, and the nation's they serve. HERANA has got it right by starting with a strong attempt at collecting data and creating an evaluative framework that can be refined and expanded on.
It is an exciting endeavor, elevated by a relatively new comparative approach.
Thanks to Nico and colleagues for inviting me and I look forward to further collaboration.
John Douglass: Center for Studies in Higher Education - UC Berkeley