October 16, 2012

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Promoting sustainable development – How are universities faring?

By Goolam Mohamedbhai | University World News

In May and June 2010 the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), the International Association of Universities and the Association of African Universities jointly carried out a survey of higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa to determine what contribution they were making towards sustainable development.

The initiative followed a declaration made by leaders of African higher education institutions at the 12th General Conference of the Association of African Universities (AAU) in Nigeria in May 2009, calling on all stakeholders to take necessary steps to enable African institutions to play a meaningful role in promoting sustainable development.

An online questionnaire was sent to nearly 500 institutions in 41 African countries. The areas covered in the questionnaire were: teaching and learning; research; outreach and services; institutional governance; and campus operations. Read More...

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