Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA)

RESEARCH ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

The research component of HERANA is investigating the complex relationships between higher education and development in the African context, with a specific focus on economic and democratic development. A new research area is exploring the use of research in policy-making.

 

HERANA PHASE 2

Phase 1 of the HERANA project has now been completed and planning for Phase 2 has begun. Proposed activities in Phase 2 of the project include the following:

  1. Consolidate and expand the Network
  2. Support information capacity-building for evidence- based policy-making and management
  3. Investigate the role and functions of national higher  education commissions/councils
  4. Study the incentive/reward supplementation of the  income of academics
  5. Elaborate the development projects ‘knowledge- connectivity’ model
  6. Democracy, the University and Student Development
  7. Maintain and strengthen the advocacy activities
  8. Expand the Masters in Higher Education studies in  Africa (HEMA)

For further information on HERANA Phase 2 activities, please contact Nico Cloete.

 

HERANA PHASE 1 RESEARCH OUTPUT

For further information on Phase 1 research projects and publications, please click on the following links:

 

ADVOCACY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN AFRICA

Alongside the research component is an advocacy strategy that aims to disseminate the findings of the research projects, better co-ordinate existing sources of information on higher education in Africa, develop a media strategy, and put in place a policy dialogue (via seminars and information technology) that facilitates interactions between researchers, institutional leaders and decision-makers.

  • The HERANA Gateway: The aim of the Gateway is to contribute to the development of a network of higher education expertise in Africa, and to provide a central portal for accessing and disseminating research-based information on higher education in Africa to relevant experts and decision-makers.
  • University World News newsletters with an African focus: The UWN Special Africa edition, produced twice a year, includes articles on specific and topical higher education themes. Fortnightly UWN Africa editions comprise original articles written by correspondents in Africa, as well as articles pertaining to African higher education written by journalists elsewhere.
  • Higher education policy dialogues

 

NETWORK COMPOSITION AND MANAGEMENT

Key HERANA partners include the University of Oslo (Norway), Makerere University (Uganda) and the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). The Network is co-ordinated by CHET in Cape Town. HERANA is funded by the Ford, Rockefeller and Kresge Foundations and the Carnegie Corporation. Click here for an overview of the Network composition.

For further information, contact Tracy Bailey.