Higher Education and Different Notions of Development


Higher Education and Different Notions of Development

Writing in the Spring 2013 issue of the IIE Networker, Nico Cloete, Peter Maassen and Teboho Moja outline four notions of the role higher education institutions can play in contributing to economic development. They conclude that in a globalised world, universities have become major players in supporting sustainable development, and that from the research of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA), the university as an engine of development notion predominates in Africa. They caution, however, against homoginisation of higher education systems around a single notion; differentiated higher education systems in which all four notions are accommodated to serve a variety of national needs are more likely to make a significant contribution to economic development. 

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