International cooperation – Boosting African research
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Following global trends, internationalisation in Africa’s higher education landscape is driven by a range of interconnecting new developments – an increase in the
number of students and institutions, more mobility of students and staff across national boundaries, the growing role of English in teaching and research, improved internet connectivity and a host of policy initiatives such as centres of excellence, quality assurance frameworks and programmes to enhance institutional collaboration.
Africa’s research-active universities are often looked upon as role models for, and sources of inspiration on, how to learn and benefit from these processes. These universities are usually engaged in international research cooperation, and in doing so follow international standards of scientific conduct.
Joining forces with partners abroad enables access to knowledge, skills, facilities, infrastructure and funding from elsewhere, which may contribute to improved quality of teaching, training and learning.