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INHEA is jointly hosted by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education and Higher Education Training and Development, University of Kwazulu-Natal under the leadership of its founding director, Professor Damtew Teferra.


INHEA Editorial Series - November 2015

Revealing Deficits in SDGs: The Quest for Bolstering the Alternatives
By Damtew Teferra

I have been writing commentaries on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their anticipated relevance to higher education. At The 6th Annual Donors Harmonization Group (DHG) meeting in Brussels last month, I had a good fortune of engaging in a public dialogue on this issue further. At this well-attended event, that included colleagues from the European Union and IIEP-UNESCO in the dialogue, I maintained that the SDGs, which got endorsed in September 2015 (at the UN in New York), largely left higher education marginalized, as in the era of the MDGs.

It was hoped that SDGs will situate higher education at its rightful position to realise social, economic and technological advancement, poverty reduction and wealth creation, and sustainable global development. Yet SDGs, like MDGs, now present a tenuous stance against the firmly established positions of numerous leading development players which already described higher education as key, critical, core, and central. In this editorial, I am calling for other existing and ratified alternative agendas that are more favourable to the sector to be elevated—and vigorously consolidated. Read more...

Chronicle of African Higher Education - March 2014

Confronting the Challenges of Graduate Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and Prospects for the Future

By Fred M. Hayward and Daniel J. Ncayiyana

The current state of graduate education in sub-Saharan Africa overall can rightly be described as in crisis, a consequence of the impact of past and present challenges that have faced higher education in the region since the 1970s. The region counts about 1,500 public and private universities at present, with only a minority having graduate programs.    Read more...

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Africa focused blogs from The World View - Inside Higher Ed

Quality of Graduates in Africa (June, 2014)
By Goolam Mohamedbhai

A survey by the Inter-University Council for East Africa revealed some stark and disturbing facts...  Read more...

Australia-Africa Network Strengthened (May 2014)
By Anthony Rogers Welch

Worldwide, Africa’s visibility is still low on the higher education horizon. The lack of attention to Africa ignores its size and diversity — 55 nations, with a population of 1 billion. Read More...

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IHE articles on Africa

Issue 77, Fall 2014

The Problem with Public University Salaries in Kenya
Ishmael I Munene

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Africa Initiatives

African Higher Education Harmonisation and Tuning Project (Tuning Africa)

One transformation initiative which links institutional, national, regional, continental and international endeavours is the African Higher Education Harmonization and Tuning Project (Tuning Africa), which is part of the Africa-EU strategic partnership. This initiative aims to enhance degree comparability, graduate mobility and employability.

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Africa Resources

Association for African Universities (AAU)

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has provided a platform for research, reflection, consultation, debates, co-operation and collaboration on issues pertaining to higher education.

Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA)

SARUA was established to assist in the revitalisation and development of the leadership and institutions of higher education in the southern African region, thus enabling the regional higher education sector to meaningfully respond to the developmental challenges facing the region.

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)

IUCEA Facilitates networking among universities in East Africa, and with universities outside the region; provides a forum for discussion on a wide range of academic and other matters relating to higher education in East Africa; an facilitates maintenance of internationally comparable education standards in East Africa so as to promote the region's competitiveness in higher education.

Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD)

The Southern African-Nordic Center is a partnership of higher education institutions from all the Nordic countries and southern Africa. Its primary aim is to promote multilateral research cooperation on matters of importance to the development of both regions.

University World News (UWN) - Africa Edition

University World News is the first high-quality truly international newspaper and website, dedicated to providing such coverage. It is offering a weekly emailed newspaper plus access to a dedicated news website – free of charge. One of the issues is Africa Edition, which provides news on African higher education.

Center for Higher Education Transformation (CHET)

The Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) is a non-governmental organisation that mobilises transdisciplinary skills for specific research and capacity development projects by tapping available expertise in the national and international higher education sector.


EDULINK represents a harmonised approach for the implementation of European Commission funded programmes in the ACP Group of States with a view to improving the effectiveness, management, visibility and hence the impact of ACP-EU co-operation in the field of higher education.

Higher Education for Development (HED)

HED supports the worldwide development goals of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), primarily by coordinating the engagement of the higher education community to address development challenges.

Higher Education South Africa (HESA)

Higher Education South Africa (HESA) is the voice of South Africa’s university leadership. We represent 23 Vice-Chancellors of public universities.

Commission for Higher Education (CHE)

The Commission wishes, through this Website, to present an overview of higher education in Kenya and to inform the public of the quality assurance mechanisms which have been put in place in the sector.

African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE)

The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is an independent, non-profit making, non-governmental African network committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building and advocacy on internationalization of higher education with prime focus on Africa.

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