African Higher Education


African flagship universities

DOWNLOAD THE LATEST DATA 14 data tables for the period 2009-2015 [version 1.2 updated 25 October 2017]

DOWNLOAD the full dataset for the period 2009 to 2011 from An Empirical Overview of Eight African Flagship Universities 2001-2011.

Dataset reference: doi:10.7910/DVN/25427

Cross-national performance indicators 2009 to 2011

Online performance indicator data that enables universities to better assess their performance relative to their own institutional targets and to the performance of their peers across the continent. This data visualisation tool is also of use to higher education researchers, analysts, policy-makers and other decision-makers seeking a more detailed, empirically-based picture of African higher education.


  • Open data collected by the CHET HERANA project
  • No access or subscription fees
  • Data cleaned and verified
  • Data across 17 performance indicators
  • Comparisons across institutions
  • Graphs generated on the fly
  • Data downloadable as Excel spreadsheets
  • Glossary of terms specific to each graph created
  • Commenting and error reporting


Cross-National Performance Indicators
A case study of eight African universities

Ian Bunting and Nico Cloete

ISBN: 978-1-920489-55-7
Publication date: April 2012

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High level knowledge production data

at 4 African universities

Data analyses on the inputs and outputs of 4 African universities. The sources of the academic staff and student enrolment and graduate data are:

  • Universities of Ghana and Makerere: data collected by CHET as part of the Herana 2 project.
  • Universities of Cape Town and Witwatersrand: (a) SA higher education management information system (HEMIS) data and (b) Herana 2 data.

The data cover the academic years 2008/09 to 2010/11 for Ghana and Makerere and 2008-2010 for Cape Town and Witwatersrand.

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Visit the CHET website page on knowledge production for a variety of resources and activities on the differentiation debate in South African higher education.


African flagship universities

Key data

Enrolments: Total head count enrolments 2001 & 2011

Graduates: Total graduates 2001 & 2011

Student:staff ratios: FTE students per FTE academic 2001 & 2011

Senior academic staff and doctoral graduates as predictors of publication output

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