African Higher Education


Emerging research universities 2001-2015

DOWNLOAD THE LATEST DATA from An Empirical Overview of Emerging Research Universities in Africa 2001-2015. Includes 14 data tables for the period 2009-2015 [version 1.2 updated 25 October 2017].






Selected indicators


DOWNLOAD the previously published 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


An Empirical Overview of Emerging Research Universities in Africa

Ian Bunting, Nico Cloete & Francois van Schalkwyk

Publication date: January 2018

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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.


Overview of research performance 2015

University of Botswana

University of Cape Town

University of Dar es Salaam

Eduardo Mondlane University

University of Ghana

Makerere University

University of Mauritius

University of Nairobi

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