Beyond Rankings:

Defining Success for an African University

The African continent would benefit from a context-specific system inclined towards the development of ethics and leadership, industry, entrepreneurship, employment opportunities, and community outreach programs.

A measurement system for Africa should be about the continent’s development first. An institution’s success should be such that its actions and outcomes contribute to moving the continent’s development forward.

Defining Metrics for African Higher Education Ranking

The 2019 Education Collaborative convening featured an Executive conference, where Vice-Chancellors Presidents, Directors, Deans, and governance teams from 10 Universities across the continent engaged one another on developing institutional competencies for data-driven strategy and collaboration in the face of exponential population growth, technology, and globalization.

Central to these conversations was developing a university ranking system for African universities.

Led by a panel discussion, the conversations highlighted how the African continent would benefit from a context-specific ranking system inclined towards the development of ethics and leadership, industry, entrepreneurship, employment opportunities, and community outreach programs. A measurement system for Africa should be about the continent’s development first. An institution’s success should be such that its actions and outcomes contribute to moving the continent’s development forward.

 

 

 

 

 

Next Steps & Roadmap

The Education Collaborative has partnered with Consulting Consortium led by Maverick Research to develop an index underpinned by a customized online survey platform and data visualization dashboard that measures university performance as a tool for both parents and prospective students to make informed decisions. The index will comprise variable indicators including but not limited to:

    1. Quality of teaching and educational outcome
    2. Employment/employability and other labor market outcome
    3. Campus safety & inclusion
    4. Quality of student life and student retention
    5. Adherence to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pertinent aspects of the AU’s Agenda 2063
    6. Relevance of research to national and regional development objectives

The Roadmap outlines steps along our journey in creating the ranking index 

    Consulting Consortium