Higher Education Policy Initiative(HEPI)

Higher Education Policy Initiative(HEPI)

With funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), the Council for the Development for Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is undertaking a new higher education policy initiative (HEPI).
The program will target academics and institutions in the six Sub-Saharan African countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa.

The main activities of the initiative will be research; research capacity building/enhancement, multi-stakeholder convening, publications and dissemination of research findings. HEPI builds on learnings emerging from the CODESRIA Higher Education Leadership Program (HELP), which the council has been implementing since 2011 and also supported by the CCNY. Studies commissioned under HELP document the diverse changes in governance that have taken place in a number of African universities, the new entities that have been created to provide governance oversight in the form of National Councils, new procedures for constituting university councils and senates and the challenges that face entrenchment of the reforms in the institutions. Results from the HELP studies however show a slow pace in entrenching the new governance cultures in a number of institutions and concerns that the reforms have not resulted to recreating the universities as centres of relevant academic and research excellence. The extent to which the new governance frameworks are shaping the management and academic life of the institutions; including what and how new relationships with external stakeholders are being forged and the extent to which new management cultures that embody greater transparency in the use of resources are emerging or not emerging in the institutions will be the focus of the HEPI initiative. The activities under this initiative will be guided by the following objectives.
• To generate research on critical governance and leadership related issues that face higher education in a subset of African countries to inform policy
• To enhance the capacity of social science academics in a sub-set of African countries to conduct research on higher education;
• Enhance the capacity of higher education leadership in a subset of African countries to engage with a wide range of stakeholders.
• Enhance the capacity of higher education institutions to use varied data for institutional management and accountability
• To disseminate research results from the project to a broader range of higher education stakeholders in Africa; including the academic and non-academic stakeholders.
The following themes will guide research and policy convenings:
• Broadening stakeholder engagement in Higher Education governance in Africa.
• The nature and quality of data for governance and its utilization in managing higher education institutions in Africa.
• Leadership and Innovative pedagogies in African higher education
• Higher Education reform and role of middle level academics in university governance and leadership.

On-going Research Projects funded under HEPI

No Names Sex Institutional Affiliation Proposal Title
1 Yusuf Sayed M Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Email: sayedy@cput.ac.za

Cape Town, South Africa

Decolonization and the collective agency of student teachers in South Africa
Zahraa McDonald F
Nimi Hoffmann F
Tarryn de Kock F
2 Edmond Akwasi Agyeman M University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Ghana University governance and community relations in Ghana: dimensions, tensions and opportunities
Emmanuel M. Tamanja M
Bernard B. B. Bingab M
3 Susan Kilonzo F Maseno University, Kenya The Role of Governance in the Use of Innovative Pedagogies for Learning and Research Outputs in Kenyan Public Universities: A Comparative Analysis
Kennedy Mobisa


M Masinde Muliro University Kenya
Pamela Anyango Oloo F Maseno University, Kenya
Simon Omare Gisege M Moi University,

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