Accelerating catch-up: tertiary education for growth in sub-Saharan Africa

This volume spells out the case for more knowledge-intensive growth in Africa, which demands increasing attention to secondary and, most important, postsecondary education. Despite rising enrollment in tertiary-level institutions, the numbers of students graduating are pitifully small. And despite reform efforts, the quality remains well below par. However, change for the better is in the air,… Read more

Universities and economic development in Africa

This study attempts to address the gaps in research on the characteristics and dynamics of the relationship between higher education and development, and the contextual and institutional factors that facilitate or inhibit these relationships. The study, with a focus on Africa, utilises theoretical perspectives offered by the fields of higher education studies, institutional theory and… Read more

Higher education and economic development in Africa

This paper challenges beliefs in the international development community that tertiary education has little role in promoting poverty alleviation. It reviews evidence about the impact that tertiary education can have on economic growth and poverty reduction, with a focus on the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Because of a belief that primary and secondary schooling are more… Read more

Higher Education and Economic Growth in Africa

This paper uses panel data over the 1960–2000 period, a modified neoclassical growth equation, and a dynamic panel estimator to investigate the effect of higher education human capital on economic growth in African countries. We find that all levels of education human capital, including higher education human capital, have positive and statistically significant effect on… Read more

Reforming higher education: access, equity, and financing in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Tunisia

This chapter in the 2011 Africa Competitiveness Report analyses systems of higher education in Africa using five African countries— Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Tunisia— as case studies. Specifically, the chapter analyzes current enrolment 
trends, accessibility and equity, governance, quality and relevance, financing, university-industry linkages (UILs),
and entrepreneurship education in tertiary education curricula. The idea is… Read more

Higher Education in South East Asia

Higher education in South East Asia stems from different historical backgrounds and has undergone various kinds of challenges and various stages of development. The rapid expansion of student enrolment, the knowledge explosion, advances in information and communication technology, globalization, economic restructuring, and financial constraints have all contributed to higher education reforms in these countries and… Read more

The Rationale for Higher Education Investments

 This working paper contributes to the debate around the financing of higher education and calls for a fair distribution of the costs of higher education between the private sector (including students and their families) and the public sector, allocated according to the ratio of private and public benefits and externalities that it generates. In particular,… Read more

Trends in global higher education: tracking an academic revolution

This report is especially devoted to examining the changes that have taken place since the 1998 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education. While many trends included in this report were discussed in 1998, they have intensified in the past decade. Much of this report is concerned with the ways in which higher education has responded to… Read more

TVET for a Green Economy

Through environmental protection, the green economy offers opportunities for more economic growth, increased prosperity and social justice. Environmental protection, economic growth and poverty reduction can go hand in hand. TVET is central to sustainable development of the green economy, as it prepares people to consider environmental and sustainability aspects for appropriate application in their professional… Read more

The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet

This is a synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. It details a universal and transformative agenda for sustainable development of people and the planet, underpinned by rights. In the report, the Secretary-General makes that point that for progression, it will be essential that young people receive relevant skills. These… Read more

Report of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals

This document details the report of the Open Working Group of the UN General Assembly on the SDGs. It details recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. A total of 17 SDGs are recommended. Goal 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Target 4.4 is focused specifically… Read more

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