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AFRICA: Development aid must target knowledge
Development aid from donor countries to Africa is usually directed to issues identified as priorities in the home country's development agenda, according to Peter Maassen, professor of higher education at the University of Oslo. This kind of focus is often at the expense of high-level knowledge development.
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AFRICA: Connecting higher education and development
The Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa, HERANA, has gathered data on a group of African universities. Research in eight countries uncovered urgent needs for a 'pact' on the important role of higher education in development, strengthening the 'academic core' in universities, and greater coordination among higher education actors.
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AFRICA: Lessons in linking universities to development
Among the key lessons Africa can distil from a comparative study of Finland, South Korea and North Carolina in the US are the needs to build higher education on a solid foundation of high quality and equitable schooling, for higher participation rates with institutional differentiation, and for strong state steering.
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AFRICA: Research into higher education busts myths
Major research into African universities has been 'myth-busting', revealing that premier universities in eight African countries are more similar to institutions elsewhere than is generally perceived, with well-qualified staff, positive student-to-staff ratios, and rising enrolments including in science, engineering and technology.
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AFRICA: Lack of agreement over role of universities
There is a surprising lack of clarity and agreement in Africa about a development model and the role of higher education in development, at both the national and university levels, research into eight countries has revealed.
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AFRICA: Exploring the 'academic core' of universities
Lack of research funding and low knowledge production - both in PhD graduates and peer-reviewed publication - are the most serious challenges facing African universities as they work to strengthen their 'academic core' and make a sustainable contribution to development.
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AFRICA: Coordination and connectedness of universities
While African governments coordinate higher education at the national level, this is largely 'symbolic' and most ministries do not have effective steering mechanisms, a study of universities in Africa has found.
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AFRICA: Higher education and democratic citizenship
Formal education in Africa has provided 'democratic dividends', enabling people to make greater use of the news media, obtain information and understanding about politics and thus become more cognitively engaged and critical, according to research.
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AFRICA: University – A democratic hothouse?
A new study has indicated that at only one out of three African universities are most students "unreservedly committed democrats". And youths in Kenya and Tanzania with no higher education are more committed to democracy than students are. Only in South Africa are students more passionate about democracy than their non-student peers and the public.
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AFRICA: Universities are training active citizens
The university and student life in Africa "present unmatched opportunities for exercising political activity and organisational leadership at a young age", research into higher education and democracy in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania has found.
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AFRICA: Developing students as democratic citizens
African countries should initiate dialogue among government, student leaders, and university managers and professionals on student development as a pathway to democratic citizenship-building on the continent, new research has proposed.
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GLOBAL: New African research resource
A new online search portal called the HERANA Gateway provides access to the latest research on African higher education. The Gateway returns focused search results from more than 15 sites worldwide, making it one of the most spec ialised resources of its kind.
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