Linking Higher Ed and Econ Development: Lesson for Africa from Finland, S.Korea, N.Carolina

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Drawing together evidence from three successful, but distinctly different education systems, a new report by the Carnegie Corporation-funded Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) synthesizes the key findings, and distils the implications for African countries.

Finland, South Korea and North Carolina are three systems that have successfully harnessed higher education as a fundamental component of their respective economic development strategies. Common to the success of all three systems is the link between economic and education planning; quality public schooling; high tertiary participation rates; labor market demand; cooperation and networks; and consensus about the importance of higher education for development.

Linking higher education and economic development: Implications for Africa from three successful systems is based on a larger study on Universities and Economic Development in Africa, undertaken by the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA). HERANA is coordinated by CHET.