Research: The “Lost Mission” of African Universities

  • Harris Andoh
Keywords: Africa, research universities, post-colonial, mission


The first universities in Africa were established with the triple mission of teaching,
research, and community engagement. Yet, many university leaders hold the mistaken notion that their
universities have always been research universities. It is only over the last decade
that the research mission has emerged again as a key vision of African universities.

Author Biography

Harris Andoh

Harris Andoh is research policy expert at the Centre for Research on
Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University,
South Africa. 

How to Cite
Andoh, H. (2017). Research: The “Lost Mission” of African Universities. International Higher Education, (91), 20-22.
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