African League of Research Universities

African League of Research Universities
A brief discussion document
Cloete N & Maassen P with Max Price & Thandabantu Nhlapo

Research universities in low- and middle-income countries have crucial roles to play in developing differentiated and effective academic systems, and in making it possible for their countries to join the global knowledge society and compete in sophisticated knowledge economies, according to Philip G Altbach, research professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College in the United States. While research universities in the developing world have not yet achieved the top levels of global rankings, they are “extraordinarily important” in their countries and regions – and are steadily improving their reputations and competitiveness on the international stage. A key point is that research universities around the world are part of an active community of institutions that share values, foci, and mission.

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