Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa: Report back from HERANA

Event place / date

25 – 27 August 2010, Le Franschhoek Hotel, Franschhoek

Aims of Meeting

The Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) was established in 2007. The research and advocacy components of HERANA are funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Higher Education Masters in Africa programme is funded by NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development).

The aims of the Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa project are to explore the relationship between economic development and higher education policy and planning, on the one hand, and the institutionalisation of university development activities, on the other. The project includes eight African countries in its sample.

The main aims of the meeting will be to:

  • Provide a brief overview of the project and its analytical framework
  • Report on the main findings
  • Obtain feedback from participating institutions and invited participants


Thursday 26 August
Session 1 Project overview and analytical framework – Peter Maassen and Pundy PillayPowerpoint
Session 2 Main findings – Nico Cloete and Tracy BaileyPowerpoint
Session 3 Implications of the key findings – Nico Cloete and Peter Maassen 
Session 4 The academic core – Ian Bunting and Charles Sheppard 
Session 5 Invited responses:
– John Douglass, Centre for Public Policy, Berkeley
– Michele Rostan, Centre for Research on Higher Education Systems, Milan
– Claudia Frittelli, Programme Officer, Carnegie Corporation
Friday 27 August
Session 6 Institutional responses 
 Makerere UniversityPowerpoint
 University of MauritiusPowerpoint
Session 7 Performance Indicator data discussion – Ian Bunting and Charles Sheppard and data providers

HERANA Information Discussion
– Tracy Bailey and Pundy Pillay and HERANA participants
Session 8 Concluding comments
John Butler-Adam


Name Institution Position
Nico CloeteCentre for Higher Education TransformationCHET Director
Tracy BaileyCentre for Higher Education TransformationProject Manager
Peter MaassenUniversity of OsloDirector, HEDDA
Pundy PillayUniversity of the Western Cape/CHETExtra-Ordinary Professor/Consultant
Gerald OumaUniversity of the Western Cape/CHETSenior Lecturer/Consultant
Ian BuntingCentre for Higher Education TransformationConsultant
Charles SheppardNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityDirector of Planning

Performance Indicators Contacts

Name University Position
Silas OnalennaBotswanaAssistant Director, Institutional Research
Amandina LihambaDar es SalaamActing Director, Directorate of Public Service
Patricio LangaEduardo MondlaneFaculty of Education
Alfred QuarteyGhanaDirector, Planning
Joseph Budu Registrar
Florence Nakayiwa-MayegaMakerereDept of Planning and Development
Anjana DaibooMauritiusOffice for Quality Assurance
Bernard WaweruNairobiRegistrar
Charles SheppardNMMUDirector, Planning
Isaac MazondeBotswanaDirector, Research and Development
Daniel MkudeDar es SalaamDepartment of Linguistics
Maria da ConceiçãoEduardo MondlaneFaculty of Education
Ben AhunuGhanaProvost of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
Vincent SsembatyaMakerereFaculty of Science
Henri Li Kam WahMauritiusAssociate Professor, Faculty of Science
Samuel KiiruNairobiProject Assistant, Institute for Development Studies
Heather NelNMMUDirector, Strategic and Institutional Planning


Name Country Position
Claudia FrittelliUnited States of AmericaProgramme Officer, Carnegie Corporation
Francois van SchalkwykSouth AfricaCHET Consultant
John Butler-AdamSouth AfricaProgramme Officer, Ford Foundation
John DouglassUnited States of AmericaCentre for Public Policy, Berkeley University
Karen MacGregorSouth AfricaEditor, University World News
Michele RostanItalyDirector, Centre for Research on Higher Education Systems, Milan
Monique RitterSouth AfricaCHET Consultant
Njuguna Ng’etheKenyaInstitute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
Praveen MohadebMauritiusMauritius Tertiary Education Council
Richard NeillBotswanaDirector, Policy and Planning, Tertiary Education Council, Botswana
Thandi LewinSouth AfricaChief Director, University Policy, Department of Higher Education and Training
Thierry LuescherSouth AfricaCHET Consultant
Trish GibbonSouth AfricaDirector, Planning, University of Johannesburg


It was as usual, a perfectly planned, organised and executed CHET event. Thanks for all your hard work and that of Linda and the Millennium team.

As for Nico and the CHET group, they have pulled off a fantastic set of very professional reports that will have a huge impact on the participating countries/institutions.

Well done.

Trish Gibbon: Director, Planning, University of Johannesburg


For me, I rate all aspects of the conference as excellent. I appreciate all the effort every one put in to make the conference a successful one.

I trust that it will yield the desired results, so we all see improvements in our contributions to the development of our countries and the continent of Africa.

On return, I have made a verbal report to the Vice-Chancellor who is anxious to create the necessary platform for the wider University community to discuss some of these matters.

Warmest regards to all.

Joseph Budu: Registrar, University of Ghana


I thoroughly enjoyed the Seminar. It was very informative as you have noted and we appreciated the honest comments that issued. We are looking forward to seeing some of the concerns addressed in the final report. It was good to know not only where we stand relatively, but also how relevant or otherwise we as universities are to economic development of our respective countries.

Thanks for the excellent arrangements and warm hospitality.


Ben Ahunu: Provost of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana


The pleasure was all mine. I’m incredibly fortunate to have outstanding grantees – including CHET! The workshop was a great success and I learned a great deal (as always). Thanks you for all the work you put into making the event the success it was.

Warm regards

John Butler-Adam: Programme officer, Ford Foundation


Thank you very much for your kind welcome and fruitful discussions. As I have mentioned to Nico, I would like to have the list of publications of University of Mauritius which have appeared in the ISI database for the different years and compare them with our annual reports.

Henry Li Kam Wah: Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius


Thank you both for the invitation, and for an interesting meeting and comfortable night’s sleep!

Thandi Lewin: Chief Director, University Policy, Department of Higher Education and Training


Back safely in Maputo.

My very warm thanks for all your efforts in connection with the Seminar. It was a great outcome in spite of the difficulties you may have to gather the necessary information.

I was very glad to meet you and had a wonderfull time all in all. I wish you all the best and every success in your very important work.

Once again thank you for inviting me and for your hospitality.

Kind regards

Maria da Conceicao: Faculty of Education, Eduardo Mondlane University


I want to note how impressed I was by the research work generated by the HERANA Project and CHET, and the high level of the discussion and sense of collegiality among the various participants at our meeting in Franschhoek.

It seems very apparent to me that there is much progress being made in key African universities, and that there is much to be gained by further self-examination and shared discussion on the challenges faces these institutions, and the nation's they serve. HERANA has got it right by starting with a strong attempt at collecting data and creating an evaluative framework that can be refined and expanded on.

It is an exciting endeavor, elevated by a relatively new comparative approach.

Thanks to Nico and colleagues for inviting me and I look forward to further collaboration.

John Douglass: Center for Studies in Higher Education - UC Berkeley