Field of Higher Education Research, Africa

  • Yann Lebeau
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Academic Research activities and outputs with a focus on higher education developments in Africa.


Initiated and funded by international organizations and non-African funders, the field of African HE research was largely shaped outside the continent over the past five decades. A bibliographic search carried out for this project using Scopus, Goggle Scholar, and African Journals OnLine (AJOL) revealed that with the exception of South Africa, the institutionalization of HER in African universities did not begin until the late 1990s despite growing numbers of publications, reports, and pamphlets on the subject from the 1980s. Our focus in this paper in on this process of institutionalization and development of a field on the continent. Research produced outside Africa is also reported, but only for its structuring impact on HER on the continent.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Lifelong LearningUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jussi Valimaa
    • 1
  • Terhi Nokkala
    • 2
  1. 1.Higher education studies team (HIEST)University ofJyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Finnish Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskylän yliopistoFinland