What Do We Know About University-Industry Linkages in Africa?

  • Rabii OutamhaEmail author
  • Lhacen Belhcen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 43)


Interactions among academia and industry as a research theme is getting more and more attention of scholars from different fields and policy makers, due to the synergy of these relationships and what they can generate as benefits in terms of innovation, technology, development and economic growth. Literature in this field provides evidences, practices and several aspects of university-industry linkages worldwide. However, little is known about Africa and knowledge about this phenomenon is still limited. This paper is aiming to give a state of the art of different incarnations of university-industry linkages in Africa through analysing literature and secondary data. We identified 31 African countries in The Global Innovation Index reports (from 2011 to 2018), which has an index on university-industry research collaboration. Then, we gathered literature of those countries by searching related keywords to university-industry linkages. Based on what we obtained as information, we build a general idea about this phenomenon in African context, exposing realities and challenges, leading the way to new research streams for future studies.


University-Industry linkages Triple helix Africa The global innovation index 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law Economic and Social SciencesUniversity of Hassan IICasablancaMorocco

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