Improving the Quality and Relevance of University Research (West and Central Africa)

After decades of investment - mainly at the primary and secondary level - higher education is receiving renewed attention in Africa. Some universities in West and Central Africa are trying to structure research so that it may better serve the university as well as society. They are doing so by developing research policies, funds and strategic plans, creating units for managing research, and training faculty and administrators in resource mobilization and partnership development. However, in a context in which higher education is increasingly privatized, universities are often acting in isolation. There is a need to share best practices across institutions and countries. This project aims to strengthen university governance and foster better linkages between universities and other actors in national innovation systems. It will do so by ensuring that knowledge related to the governance and organization of university research is constructed, consolidated and shared, and by building a community of practice in this field of endeavor.

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Start Date

Monday, March 8, 2010

End Date

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

O`Brien, Mr. David

Total funding

CA$ 2,484,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Etienne Ehilé


Association of African Universities

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