Challenges and Opportunities for African Universities to Increase Knowledge Production

Challenges and Opportunities for African Universities to Increase Knowledge Production
Cloete N & Bunting I

Africa needs strong universities: In the knowledge economy/society, universities have become politically and economically more important as institutions that produce and transfer knowledge. While it is certainly so that many other institutions form an important part of any national innovation landscape, universities are the only specialised institutions whose core business is knowledge, both its production and its reproduction and dissemination, including the education of the next knowledgeable (suitably qualified) generation.

Report written for the OECD's Programme on Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) Expert meeting on implementing research and innovation policy at policy and institutional levels in Africa, 19-20 September 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia