Advertisement

The SDGs and African Higher Education

  • Han AartsEmail author
  • Heinz Greijn
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai
  • James Otieno Jowi
Chapter
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)

Abstract

Higher Education (HE) has a crucial role to play in realizing the sustainable development agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 4 deals specifically with education and calls for equitable access to affordable and quality post-secondary education. That is important, especially in Africa, but, as the authors will argue, the role of HE and of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can and should go beyond that. The first 16 SDGs address virtually all aspects of life, and HEIs should respond to them comprehensively. Indeed, the SDGs offer an opportunity for African HEIs to boost their societal relevance. This chapter explores ways in which this might be achieved.

Keywords

Higher education institution Quality education Sustainability Capacity building 

References

  1. Aarts H, Bruun A (2016) Imagine if European higher education helped make the difference in achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030. Imagine… conference conversation starter, European association for higher educationGoogle Scholar
  2. Aarts H, Greijn H (2010) Globalization, knowledge and learning: developing the capacities of higher education institutes. In: Higher education and globalization: challenges, threats and opportunities for Africa. Maastricht University and INHEA/CIHE, Boston CollegeGoogle Scholar
  3. Association of Commonwealth Universities (2015) Progress and potential: higher education is playing its part in the sustainable development goals. LondonGoogle Scholar
  4. Council on Health Research for Development (COHREDI) (2000) Priority setting for health research: lessons from developing countries. Health Policy Plan 15(2):130–136CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Docquier F (2006) Brain drain and inequality across nations, IZA discussion paper, November. Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) (Institute for the study of labor), BonnGoogle Scholar
  6. GUNI-IAU-AAU (2011) The promotion of sustainable development by higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa: survey report. https://www.iau-hesd.net/sites/default/files/documents/promotion_sd_by_heis_sub_saharan_africa.pdf Accessed on 12 Oct 2018
  7. International Association of Universities (IAU) (2017) IAU higher education global portal. www.iau-hesd.net. Accessed 12 Oct 2018
  8. Jowi JO, Mbwette TSA (2017) The development of new pan-African programs, research centres and networks. In: Knight J, Woldegiorgis TE (eds) Regionalization of African higher education: progress and prospects. Sense Publishers, BostonGoogle Scholar
  9. Mohamedbhai G (2008) The role of higher education for human and social development in sub-Saharan Africa. Higher education: new challenges and emerging roles for human and social development. Palgrave Macmillan, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  10. Mohamedbhai G (2012) Promoting sustainable development in Africa through higher education. International conference on higher education and economic development, tertiary education commission, 3–5 Sept 2012, MauritiusGoogle Scholar
  11. Mohamedbhai G (2015) Regional, continental and international collaboration: foundations for emerging centres of excellence in Africa. AAU Conference of rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents (COREVIP), 2–5 June 2015, KigaliGoogle Scholar
  12. Obamba M, Kimbwarata J, Riechi A (2013) Development impact of international partnerships: a Kenya case study. Internationalisation of African higher education—towards achieving the MDGs. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp 133–158Google Scholar
  13. Sedlacek S (2013) The role of universities in fostering sustainable development at the regional level. J Clean Prod 48:74–84CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Sehoole C, Knight J (2010) Internationalisation of African higher education—towards achieving the MDGs. Sense PublishersGoogle Scholar
  15. Sehoole C, Knight J (2013) The role of higher education internationalisation in meeting MDG goals. In: Sehoole C, Knight J (eds) Internationalization of African higher education towards achieving the MDGs. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp 177–193CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Shabani J, Okebukola PA (2017) Qualification recognition and frameworks in Africa. In: Knight J, Woldegirogis ET (eds) Regionalization of African higher education: progress and prospects. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp 135–150CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) (2017) African universities take the lead in climate change. http://www.sarua.org/?q=content/african-universities-take-lead-climate-change Accessed on 29 Oct 2017
  18. Stiglitz J (1999) Scan globally; reinvent locally: knowledge infrastructure and the local-ization of knowledge. Keynote address, first global development network conference, Bonn, DecemberGoogle Scholar
  19. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific (2017) Getting started with the SDGs in universities: a guide for universities, higher education institutions and the academic sector. SDSN Australia/Pacific, MelbourneGoogle Scholar
  20. Teferra D, Knight J, (eds) (2008) Higher education in Africa: the international dimension. Center for International Higher Education, Boston College and Association of African Universities, BostonGoogle Scholar
  21. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (2017) Stories of change. http://www.unep.org/training/mainstreaming-environment-and-sustainability-africa-mesa-universities-partnership. Accessed on 29 Oct 2017
  22. University of Development Studies (UDS) (2017) About us. http://www.uds.edu.gh/about-us. Accessed 1 Nov 2017
  23. University of Venda (UNIVEN) (2017) The institute for rural development. http://www.univen.ac.za/index.php/school-of-agriculture/institute-for-rural-development/. Accessed 1 Nov 2017
  24. World Bank (2018) World development indicators: participation in education. http://wdi.worldbank.org/table/2.8. Accessed on 12 Oct 2018

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Han Aarts
    • 1
    Email author
  • Heinz Greijn
    • 1
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai
    • 2
  • James Otieno Jowi
    • 3
  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Council of the Mauritius Academy of Science and TechnologyReduitMauritius
  3. 3.East African Community SecretariatArushaUnited Republic of Tanzania

Personalised recommendations