Can ARUA lead Africa on the path to research excellence?

By Ernest Aryeetey, Emmanuel Abbey, Emmanuel Adu-Danso and Gerald Ouma 

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), driven by a need to establish a culture of publishing verifiable data about African universities, has launched a report titled Research Profiles of ARUA Universities: Emerging trends 2015-2017.

The data in the report, released virtually on 18 August, will be updated regularly to show ARUA’s growth and transformation.

Established in 2015, the African Research Universities Alliance is a network of 16 leading research universities from different countries in the region. They come from quite different historical backgrounds but have recently come to share a common vision.

Together, they have articulated a vision to expand and significantly enhance the quality of research done in Africa by African researchers.

A question that many observers around the world ask is whether they can realise their vision in view of the enormity of the task ahead of them.

This article shows the conditions at ARUA universities at the time they came together in 2015 and soon after that. The intention of the ARUA institutions is to change these conditions steadily over time, working together.

Read the full article on University World News

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