Programme: HERANA III

Project Goals

  1. To institutionalise data collection and analysis that can contribute to evidence-based (research) information, and
  2. To contribute to a process to strengthen knowledge production in a group of emerging research-intensive flagship universities.

Project Objectives

The institutionalisation of six years of capacity-building in performance data collection within the eight HERANA network universities, combined with the promotion of developing institution-specific policies to contribute to the institutions’ knowledge-producing capabilities. This will form part of a larger set of activities to develop a group of research-intensive flagship universities in Africa.


HERANA 3 collected key performance indicator data for each institution, building on previous rounds of data collection in HERANA Phases 1 and 2. The data has been published in the Empirical Overview of Emerging Research Universities in Africa 2001-2015 as well as online as open data and as infographics

Each university compiled an institutional policy document. The recommendations contained in the empirically-based policy document were presented at institutional forums, which consisted of a cross-section of academic and senior management. See the Events page for more infomation on each of the institutional forums held during HERANA 3.

Sub-project on university-community engagement

In HERANA 3, the focus was on institutionalising the collection of data on university engagement activities through the use of the HERANA engagement instrument so as to provide universities with a clearer picture of the extent to which engagement activities are strengthening research and teaching and learning.


Read the final report for the HERANA Project.