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The Web sites below provide information on higher education in Africa, primarily in the six Partnership countries—Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda—but not entirely. We have included the URLs of some home pages, such as ministries of education, if they contain any information at all about tertiary-level training. this list is highly selective; it only includes links to Web sites that are either in Africa or that provide considerable documentation on Africa.

For links to sites with African research content in disciplines other than education, please go to African Research on the Web.

Finally, please be aware that we do not control these Web sites or their content; the sites described below are governed by their own user agreements and privacy policies, which you should read.

This page is arranged in three categories:

  • African organizations
  • Non-African International organizations
  • Sites with information on relevant conferences or the full-text of papers that are hard to locate

1. African Web Sites

Not very many organizations outside of South Africa maintain home pages that are relevant to higher education, but the number of sites and their quality is growing.

African Tertiary Institutions Connectivity Survey

The African Tertiary Institions Connectivity Survey (ATICS) is an initiative of the African Virtual University to provide a comparative snapshot of the information and technology (ICT) infrastructure of African tertiary-level institutions. Approximately 71 institutions on the continent have completed the AVU survey instrument. The Web site contains the completed questions, an early analysis of them, and information on policy issues in Africa.

Association of African Universities

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is a pan-African organization that was founded in 1967 and is located in Accra. The AAU promotes cooperation between universities in Africa and between African universities and the international academic community. More than 100 universities belong to the AAU. The AAU Web site has a list of its member universities, with email addresses and URLs, where available. A list of AAU monographs will be found on the site and information on ordering them, although the monographs are not available electronically. In addition the AAU maintains a research program on higher education management, which is described on the site; there is also a list of researchers, papers, and the full text of some of the research papers written for the program.

Centre for Higher Education Transformation (South Africa)

The Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) is a non-governmental organization that strives to develop transformation management capacity and skills throughout South Africa's higher education system, by integrating skill development training processes with new knowledge production, debates and information dissemination. You will find information about CHET on its Web site, including its publications. The books are not available online, but there are summaries and information on how to order them. You will also find a list and links to tertiary-level institutions in South Africa on the CHET site.

Council on Higher Education (South Africa)

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established in 1998. The mission of the CHE is to contribute to the development of a high quality, responsive, equitable and well-managed higher education system.

Forum for African Women Educationalists

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a membership organization that brings together African women ministers in charge of national education systems, female university vice-chancellors, and other senior women policy makers in education in Africa. FAWE activities span the educational spectrum—from primary school through university. A full list of FAWE reports will be found on its Web site, including the full text of several of them. There is a separate section on FAWE research on higher education. In addition, FAWE serves as the East Africa Secretariat for the Ford Foundation's International Fellowship Program.

Inter-University Council for East Africa

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) works with institutions of higher learning in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and is located in Kampala.

Higher Education Loans Board (Kenya)

The government of Kenya established the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) in 1995 to disperse loans and scholarships, recover loans, and establish a revolving fund for students attending Kenyan universities. Students attending private universities are eligible to receive loans, but not those enrolled in any of the "parallel" programs. The HELB page contains information about HELB and its activities; students can also complete and submit applications on this site.

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (Nigeria)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) of Nigeria was established in 1978 to oversee admissions to Nigeria's tertiary level institutions. The site contains statistics on applications and admissions as well as the law that established JAMB. Nigerian students can also ascertain their matriculation examination scores and admissions on the JAMB Web page. (This site was down on 26 October 2004.)

Ministry of Education (Ghana)

The Ministry of Education is responsible for all levels of education in Ghana, from primary schools through the tertiary level. The National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE) is the implementation arm responsible for higher education. You can find general information about education in Ghana on this site, including statistical data on enrollment.

Ministry of Education and Sports (Uganda)

The Ministry of Education and Sports is responsible for all levels of education in Uganda, from primary schools through the tertiary level.

Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Mozambique)

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Mozambique was established in 2000 to coordinate expansion of tertiary-level education in Mozambique and promote equity of access to higher education. The Web site contains information about the Ministry as well as Mozambique's strategic plan for higher education as well as the operational plan for the higher education project, and other activities.

Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education (Tanzania)

The mission of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education is to facilitate the provision of quality, gender equity, technical and higher education to Tanzanians and to promote the development of science and technology in collaboration with all stakeholders. This Web site contains information about the ministry, including the names of officials and staff, and links to the home pages of tertiary-level institutions in Tanzania. Complete contact information is also included.

National Universities Commission (Nigeria)

The National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria maintains a Web page with information about the establishment and history of the NUC and a list of Nigerian federal, state, and private universities with some links to them. There is also a page devoted to "educational news," with some links to the articles. Nothing on the page has a date, however, so it is difficult to know just when the events occurred.

South African Journal of Higher Education

The South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE) is published by the South African Association of Higher Education. The tables of contents and abstracts are available online, but not full-text articles.

2. Non-African Organizations

International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa

UNESCO established the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in 1999 in order to develop the capacities of African institutions to work in the areas of teacher education, curriculum development, educational policy, planning and management, and distance education. IICBA relies heavily on ICT in its work and has developed a number of electronic library resources.

International Bureau of Education

UNESCO's International Bureau of Education (IBE) concentrates its activities on the adaptation of educational content to the challenges of the 21st century, focusing on strengthening capacity building in the area of management of curriculum change. The IBE Web site has a database with information on primary through tertiary education, including in 37 African countries. There is also a links page, with links to African ministries of education.

International Network for Higher Education in Africa

The International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA), which is an initiative of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, is an information clearinghouse for institutions and individuals engaged in research, development, and advocacy activities related to postsecondary education in Africa. The purpose of the network is to strengthen and foster interest in African higher education through information sharing. The site contains information on institutions, centers, and programs; conferences and workshops; experts and researchers; country profiles; and a comprehensive bibliography on African higher education, including doctoral dissertations. There is also a link to the Journal of Higher Education in Africa, which is copublished by Boston College and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). The tables of contents and abstracts are avilable on the site, but not the full text of articles.

Resources on South African Higher Education,

This Web site, which is maintained at Michigan State University, was designed to support higher education in South Africa. There are links to most South African universities, technikons, and higher education consortia, as well as numerous research and policy documents.

Tertiary Education in Africa

Tertiary Education in Africa is a World Bank resource with topic areas on news and events; World Bank projects and programs; publications and reports (both Bank and non Bank publications); quality assurance; data and statistics; and related links and resources. The publications page also has an excellent bibliography on African tertiary education.

Working Group on Higher Education

The Working Group on Higher Education (WGHE) is one of 11 working groups sponsored by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa ( The long-term objectives of the WGHE is to help African nations reduce their technological, intellectual and economic dependency by enabling their tertiary institutions to turn out skilled and knowledgeable graduates capable of guiding national development and managing national affairs in the years ahead. The WGHE Web site is particularly useful because it contains the full text of many of its report and case studies. (Go to

3. Conferences, Projects, Papers, and Reports

Higher education in Africa has become the focus of conferences, papers, and reports. The list and links below are qualitative and selective rather than comprehensive.

Colloquium on African and North American Higher Education: New Partnerships, New Directions

This colloquium was organized for the December 2002 African Studies Association Annual Meeting. Two papers were commissioned—one Akilagpa Sawyerr on Challenges Facing the Development of African Higher Education and one by Joel Samoff and Bidemi Carrol on The Promise of Partnership and Continuities of Dependence: External Support to Higher Education in Africa. The full text of both papers is available on the ASA Web site by clicking on the links above.

International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project

The International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project is a three-year project to study the worldwide shift in the burden of higher education costs from governments and taxpayers to parents and students, and is being carried out at the State University of New York at Buffalo. A recent conference for East Africa was held at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania; the project database contains information about Ethiopia, Tanzania, and South Africa. In addition, if you go to the publications page, you will find a number of full-text documents that are relevant to Africa, as well as an excellent bibliography of sources with links to sites in and about Africa.

International Higher Education and African Development

The conference, which was held in 2001, provided an opportunity for US and African academics, government representatives, and members of the donor community to explore issues of concern to universities in both developed and developing countries. The conference Web site contains information about the initiative, the conference program, and a list of speakers and their biographies. In addition, conference papers have been published by the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS). Go to the YCIAS database to search by subject, title, or author.

PhD Programs in Africa: Current Status and Future Prospects

PhD Programs in Africa: Current Status and Future Prospects by David Szanton and Sarah Manyika was commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation and published by the Berkeley Institute of African studies as a working paper in April 2002. The report examines current PhD programs in the social science and humanities in African universities and suggests ways to strengthen them.


Widernet (Casting a Wider Net) works with Nigerian universities to improve their capacity to utilize information and communications technologies. The site contains information about its linkages with Nigerian universities and Widernet project.