Revitalizing Higher Education in Africa: A Review of Health Research ( in Social Science) in African Universities - A paper presented at the 2016 SASA Conference , Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
- Health research,
- social sciences,
- African Universities,
- health, impact,
What is the agenda for health research in Social Sciences in African Universities? To what
extent has university led research in the area of health revitalized higher education in Africa?
This paper examines through a review of empirical literature, how university led health
research in Social Sciences is repositioning African Countries/health systems for effective
and efficient performance through generating and disseminating timely knowledge that
resonates from the African context. It draws attention to how university-led social science
research in health has contributed to the wider society and health system. It argues that the
recognition of this in the health sector and by governments stimulates further research
funding for university based researchers, however limited, thus creating an environment of
energetic research activities, which, in the long run is significant in the revitalisation of
higher education. The paper theorises the production of knowledge in the context of health
research in the Social Sciences and how this contributes to the revitalizing of higher
education in Africa.