Promoting Developmental Research – a Challenge for African Universities

  • Goolam Mohamedbhai Formerly Association of African Universities and University of Mauritius
Keywords: research, development research

Abstract

There are two well-known and often-quoted facts about Sub-Saharan Africa. One is that, in spite of significant progress made in recent years, Africa remains the least developed region in the world and is unlikely to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The other is that Africa fares very poorly in terms of research; it produces only about 1% of the world’s research publications, and the bulk of these emanate from just two countries – South Africa and Nigeria. There is a clear link between these two phenomena, and while there is general acknowledgement that the research output from Africa must be dramatically increased in order to overcome the development challenges, achieving that objective appears to be elusive. Promoting research that directly impacts on development remains a challenge for Africa.

Author Biography

Goolam Mohamedbhai, Formerly Association of African Universities and University of Mauritius
Formerly Secretary-General of the Assocaition of African Universities (2008-10), Vice-Chancellor of the Unuversity of Mauritius (1995-2005) and former President of the International Association of Unversities (2004-08)
Published
2014-08-12
How to Cite
Mohamedbhai, G. (2014). Promoting Developmental Research – a Challenge for African Universities. Journal of Learning for Development , 1(2). Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/65
Section
Commentary