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Hoyler, Esson & Bell secure funding for work on African HE philanthropy

Michael Hoyler, Morag Bell and James Esson have been successful in securing £58,354 for a 12-month EPG project (starting January 2018) in cooperation with CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Facilitating philanthropic engagement in African Higher Education

This project will advance the knowledge economy in Africa by supporting African universities to develop their philanthropic activities in order to realise their institutional missions. It is timely and urgent. The expansion of higher education in Africa (and internationally) has emerged alongside a retrenchment by national governments in terms of HE funding, which is inhibiting the capacity of HEIs to generate the high level knowledge and skills that are vital for vibrant and open societies nationally and globally. The project will build on our research in philanthropy, university funding, and the global geographies of HE. It will also operationalise the lessons learned from previous work by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, in Africa. Working with CASE and five African partner HEIs, we will create novel resources that, crucially, are adaptable to different contexts. Outputs from the project will have an immediate impact in shaping a new five-year programme by CASE in Africa. Longer-term impact and sustainability of the project will be realised through the progress and outcomes of this CASE-Africa programme, its adaptation by CASE to HEIs in Latin America and Asia, and a reframing of policy internationally about the relations between cultures of philanthropy and the knowledge economy.