The RCS Division recognizes the enduring contradiction that limits opportunities for direct investment in African higher education institutions due to a ‘lack of capacity’ even as capacity-strengthening remains a focal component of most investments across the continent. Equally, the emphasis on higher education as critical to Africa’s social and economic development has been matched with the harsh reality that African universities and scholars contribute very little to the global knowledge economy.
The Higher Education Research unit through conducting relevant research in higher education:
- Addresses gaps in higher education, including research capacity in higher education institutions across the continent.
- Broadens understanding of the impact and value of existing research capacity initiatives and what works to make higher education systems relevant and sustainable in Africa.
- Generates knowledge that contributes to making more strategic and high-value decisions with respect to research capacity strengthening programs, while cascading the same to higher education institutions around the continent.