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International Network for Higher Education in Africa

Chronicle of African Higher Education

Sixth Issue: December 2014

Spurring Economic Growth in Africa: The Role of Higher Education

by David E. Bloom, David Canning, Kevin Chan, and Dara Lee Luca

As a key to economic growth, education is especially important in Africa. For decades, development organizations emphasized primary and secondary education, paying little attention to higher education. Higher education was downplayed in part because little compelling evidence existed about the causal impact of tertiary schooling on economic growth and poverty reduction. However, recent evidence suggests tertiary education has a greater role to play in economic development than previously thought. Click here to read more.

The Chronicle of African Higher Education is an initiative of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa, which is being hosted at the Higher Education Training and Development at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Articles of the Chronicle are contributed by invitation and are edited by Professor Damtew Teferra.

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Professor Damtew Teferra
Editor, Chronicle of African Higher Education
Leader, Higher Education Training and Development
Howard College
University of Kwazulu-Natal
Durban, South Africa