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A Profile Of Higher Education In Southern Africa Volume 1: A Regional Perspective

This publication makes a significant contribution to the knowledge base on higher education in the SADC region and is most timeous. Its value is multi-fold. In June 2012, SADC ministers of higher education endorsed the development of a regional plan of action. In the wake of that endorsement, this publication provides vital information for decisionmakers at inter-governmental, national and institutional levels that can be used for purposes of analysis, planning and advocacy.

This volume documents the latest data that SARUA has gathered on public higher education institutions in the SADC region, and contains some exploratory information on private higher education institutions. In so doing, it builds on SARUA’s first initiative published in 2008, Towards a Common Future: Higher Education in the SADC Region.

This publication eloquently articulates the complex interplay of challenges at the national and regional nexus. Strong national systems of higher education provide the necessary anchors for
regional development, but complementary supra-national drivers can stimulate social and economic development. Whilst the promise of regional integration holds immense possibilities for growing,
strengthening, articulating and differentiating the higher education sector, the study identifies many gaps and raises numerous issues, some of which signify dissonance with regional development

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