Increasing the knowledge base on the relationship between HE and development in Africa


Increasing the knowledge base on the relationship between HE and development in Africa

CHET, through the HERANA project, has contributed to the existing, somewhat limited, body of knowledge about higher education in Africa and, in particular, the relationship between higher education and development. Eight African countries and universities were selected as case studies. Based on the findings from these African case studies, the HERANA project has contributed to the knowledge base by:

  1. providing an analytical framework that includes concepts such as ‘pact’, ‘academic core’ and ‘connectedness’ as a lens through which to investigate and understand the complex relationships between higher education and economic development.
  2. operationalising these concepts through detailed sets of indicators. Included is the nature and strength of the academic core of eight ‘flagship’ universities in Africa. 
  3. developing a methodology, with a set of indicators, to assess the relationship between external connectedness and the academic core in the development-related (engagement) activities of universities.


The eight published case study reports by Tracy Bailey, Nico Cloete and Pundy Pillay contain the detailed data and analysis for each country and university in the sample. Together, they form the empirical basis for the analysis and discussion of findings contained in the CHET book, Universities and Economic Development in Africa, which was published in August 2011.

To view the eight case study reports in PDF format, click on the links below:

  1. Botswana  
  2. Ghana    
  3. Kenya   
  4. Mauritius   
  5. Mozambique   
  6. South Africa   
  7. Tanzania   
  8. Uganda

 

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