Universities and Economic Development in Africa
Pact, academic core and coordination
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: African Books Collective
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About this report
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A note about the data timeframe
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During the post-independence period, every African country has struggled with the vexing issue of the role of higher education in development. While many studies on higher education in Africa deal with this problematic indirectly, very few have actually taken it on directly. ...
The project group
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Acronyms and abbreviations
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In recent decades the phenomena of ‘globalisation’ and the ‘knowledge economy’ have been accompanied by new challenges and increasingly important roles in development for new competencies and skills as well as for research, innovation and technological development. ...
Chapter 1. Introduction
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Over the past couple of decades, ‘globalisation’ and the emergence of the ‘knowledge economy’ have given rise to new economic, social, political and cultural challenges to which nations, regions and higher education systems and institutions are responding. It is widely assumed that in the context of these new challenges specific knowledge, competencies and skills ...
Chapter 2 Universities and economic development: Evidence of a pact?
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The key actors of the pact are national, institutional and external stakeholders. It is assumed that the stronger the pact between universities, university leadership, national authorities and society at large, the better the universities will be able to make a significant, sustainable contribution to development. ...
Chapter 3. The academic core of eight African universities
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The university’s unique contribution to development is via knowledge – transmitting knowledge to individuals who will go out into the labour market and contribute to society in a variety of ways (teaching), and producing and disseminating knowledge that can lead to innovation or be applied to the problems of society and economy (research, engagement). ...
Chapter 4. Coordination and connectedness
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As highlighted in section 1.3, our analytical framework proposes that the following three interrelated factors need to be in place in order for universities to make a sustainable contribution to development: agreement amongst the major actors (pact) about the role of universities in development; academic core capacity in universities; ...
Chapter 5. Conclusions and some implications
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Three years of HERANA research into the role of universities in economic development in Africa, including surveys of three successful innovation-driven OECD countries and eight African nations and universities, produced an analytical framework to explore the role of universities in (economic) development and how this role might be operationalised. ...
List of sources
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Appendix A. A higher education and development profile of the countries
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Appendix B. List of interviewees
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Appendix C. Indicators of pact, coordination and implementation
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Appendix D. Problems in collecting academic core data
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Appendix E. Academic core indicators and ratings
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Page Count: 110
Publication Year: 2011