Universities and knowledge-based development in sub-Saharan Africa: comparing university-firm interaction in Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa

SOURCE: Journal of Development Studies
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2012
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.Kruss, J.Adeoti, D.Nabudere
KEYWORDS: KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY, NIGERIA, UGANDA, UNIVERSITIES, UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7302

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Abstract

Research on the changing role of universities in firm learning, innovation and national economic development has not extended systematically to low income countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on an empirical survey of firms and case studies of university practices, the article examines conditions of universities, firms and their potential for interaction across a national system of innovation in three countries, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa, in order to contribute to such analysis. In so doing, it attempts to open up a research agenda in terms of the specific challenges African countries face.