African Educational Resources
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
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
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
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
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
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
2. Non-African Organizations
3. Conferences, Projects, Papers, and Reports
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
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
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 (http://www.adeanet.org/).
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 http://www.adeanet.org/publications/en_pubs_wghe.html).
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
International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility
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.