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Universities and Knowledge-based Development in sub-Saharan Africa: Comparing University--Firm Interaction in Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa


  • Glenda Kruss
  • John Adeoti
  • Dani Nabudere


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.

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  • Glenda Kruss & John Adeoti & Dani Nabudere, 2012. "Universities and Knowledge-based Development in sub-Saharan Africa: Comparing University--Firm Interaction in Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(4), pages 516-530, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:4:p:516-530
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2011.604410

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    1. World Bank, 2009. "Accelerating Catch-up : Tertiary Education for Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2589.
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    1. Zavale, Nelson Casimiro & Macamo, ElĂ­sio, 2016. "How and what knowledge do universities and academics transfer to industry in African low-income countries? Evidence from the stage of university-industry linkages in Mozambique," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 247-261.
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