Strengthening Knowledge Production in African Universities


Strengthening Knowledge Production in African Universities

CHET has produced two reports for the OECD Directorate for Science Technology and Industry's programme on Innovation, Research and Higher Education for Development (IHERD) funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Both reports provide insight into current levels of knowledge production at African universities and on strategies being deployed by African universities to increase knowledge outputs in the form of research publications and doctoral graduates.

CHET is currently analysing from the data it has collected the influence of both management and academic capacity on research strengthening; this includes the development of an index for management capacity. These findings will be published in CHET's forthcoming (2014) book on knowledge production in South African universities.

The next phase of IHERD is centred on training for research management and will be coordinated by LH Martin Institute, Melbourne. It will target at professionals in the field of research management from Africa and East Asia.

  1. REPORT 1: Strengthening Knowledge Production in Universities: Five South African Case Studies – Nico Cloete and Ian Bunting
  2. REPORT 2: Challenges and Opportunities for African Universities to Strengthen Knowledge Production – Nico Cloete and Ian Bunting 
  3. SUMMING UP PAPER: The Evolving Path for Strengthening Research and Innovation Policy for Development – Asa Olsson and Natalie Cooke