Project time line: started 2018 – 2019

This research projects focuses on input and output indicators relevant to the production of new scientific knowledge and how it is applied to society. Going beyond traditional performance indicators, this project will also consider the effect of national and institutional incentive schemes and funding regimes that affect knowledge production of research at universities in South Africa and a number of other African countries.

The research links CHET’s work on indicators in higher education with work at CREST and CWTS on bibliometrics, and also has ties with an international research project (Professor Peter Maassen, Oslo University) which analyses professional management and autonomy in the area of knowledge production at 15 flagship universities worldwide.

Project outputs will include updating and publication of South African Higher Education Data Open Data Platform, engagement with various higher education stakeholders to provide them with empirical evidence to support decision-making, and the publication of a book on the health of the South African higher education system. The project includes a study for ARUA (African Research Universities Alliance) in 2018.

Highlights to date

  • Commissioned by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to advise on the development and use of research performance indicators.
  • Presentations to the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (on its National Plan for higher education), The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, and ARUA, among others, on the performance of South African and African research universities.

Research team