Issues and trends in development cooperation programmes in Higher Education and research

This trend paper provides an overview of the main issues and trends in development cooperation programmes in higher education and research. The paper explores two main types of funding: programmes which fund collaborative projects between organisations in developing countries and higher education and research organisations in the North, and fellowship/scholarship programmes that enable candidates from… Read more


Alumni of the International Fellowship Programs: Main findings from the Survey 2011

This report evaluates the effects of International Fellowship Programs (IFP) provided to outstanding individuals for post graduate study from communities and social groups from IFP Countries that traditionally lack access to higher education, and to enable them become social change leaders in their fields. The report analyses the support provided to these individuals during their study… Read more


Global Trends in University Governance

This paper is concerned with the way that governments plan and direct their tertiary education sectors. The term “governance” is used to describe all those structures, processes and activities that are involved in the planning and direction of the institutions and people working in tertiary education. It also looks at some aspects of the internal governance of… Read more


Privatisation and marketisation of higher education in Indonesia: the challenge for equal access and academic values

Increasing costs of running educational institutions and funding educational programs, coupled with decreasing government subsidies to support such costs, have made privatisation and marketisation of higher education a common phenomenon throughout the world. The article presents the development of this trend in Indonesia utilizing two recent government regulations: Badan Hukum Milik Negara (BHMN/State Owned Legal… Read more


Beyond the ABCs: Higher Education and Developing Countries

This paper analyzes a relatively neglected facet of the complex debate regarding human capital – higher (or tertiary) education. It addresses five broad questions examining higher education in developing countries. One, are the economic effects of higher education on developing countries different from those in industrialized countries, with its links with labor markets of lesser… Read more


Challenges of developing and retaining the next generation of academics: deficits in academic staff capacity at African universities

This report seeks to analyse the staffing needs of various universities that are members of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA). The purpose is to ascertain the extent of the problem in these institutions, examine their ability to develop the next generation of academics as a means of forestalling the decline and proffer… Read more


Linking higher education and economic development: implications for Africa from three successful systems

This book is based on part of a larger study on Universities and Economic Development in Africa, undertaken by the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA), and  co-ordinated by the Centre for Higher Education Transformation in South Africa. The book draws together evidence on how the education systems of Finland, South Korea and the state… Read more


Higher education issues and trends from an international perspective

This report explores the challenge of massification of higher education, and the accommodation of the growth in student numbers in an existing higher education system. It highlights supply side trends and issues, including distance learning and Open Universities, as well as short cycle programmes. It also examines the trends and isssues of the demand side including, amongst… Read more


Higher Education in the Southern African Region: Current trends, challenges and recommendations

Although there is an increasing demand for higher education in the Southern Africa region, levels of higher education provision and enrolment rates in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are amongst the lowest in the world. While the SADC region’s tertiary enrolment was on par with other parts of the world in the 1970s,… Read more


Education in a changing world, flexibility, skills and employability

New technologies, globalization, the information revolution, and labor market changes have affected the world economy on an unprecedented scale. As a consequence, the demand for a skilled workforce has increased, world trade and migration have intensified, and the divide between the haves and have‐nots has vastly widened. While many developed countries have by now gone… Read more


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