Higher education and economic development: the importance of building technological capabilities

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Higher education and development has not been a priority of global policy or research funding in recent decades. Yet, since the millennium, Southern governments have become believers in the global knowledge economy and higher education enrolment growth has been phenomenal. In this paper [the authors] offer an original account of how higher education institutions contribute to economic development by drawing on evolutionary economics and the national innovation systems approach. This offers distinct advantages in conceptualising higher education's developmental role, through its stress on...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Economics; Skills and knowledge; Workforce development; Industry; Innovation; Technology; Providers of education and training; Research

Keywords: Economic development; Skill development; Capacity building; Case study; University

Geographic subjects: Africa; South Africa

Published: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2015

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Journal volume: 43

Journal date: July 2015

Pages: pp. 22-31

ISSN: 0738-0593

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 122.52

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