Students must play an active role in higher education reform

1 June 2015

Our research, released today at Going Global 2015, states that students must play a central role in any higher education reforms in Africa.

Students must not be viewed as consumers, but as primary stakeholders with an active role to play in ensuring a rich learning environment.

This is the second published report of a three year research project ‘Universities, Employability and Inclusive Development’ (2013-2016), commissioned by the British Council and being led by a research team at the University College London Institute of Education. The research focusses on Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, and the UK for comparative purposes.

The research aims to explore the role of higher education in fostering employability and developing just and prosperous societies. Graduate unemployment rates are high in much of sub-Saharan Africa, and the report shows a rising focus on self-employment instead of salaried employment – seen most obviously in Kenya, with a staggering 64 per cent of students aspiring to be self-employed. In the UK, the proportion of students who are in self-employment or starting their own business six months after graduation is only 4 per cent.

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