By the SPHEIR team

16 February 2021 - 16:52

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In October 2020, the British Council published an evidence review examining the role of tertiary education in development in low- and lower middle-income countries (LLMICs).You can read the review here: The role of tertiary education in development: A rigorous review of the evidence

Screening research evidence published in the last ten years, the report identified four core functions of tertiary education – teaching and learning, innovation, engagement, and research – described as “directly or indirectly, on their own or in combination” contributing to nine development outcomes:

  • Graduate skill and knowledge
  • Enhanced professional knowledge and skill among all workers
  • Economic growth
  • Poverty reduction and development of sustainable livelihoods
  • Equitable relationships
  • New knowledge that contributes to technical and social innovation
  • Strengthened and transformed institutions
  • Strengthened basic education provision
  • A strong and engaged civil society.

Prompted by this review, we have produced a new paper exploring how the SPHEIR projects are contributing to these nine development outcomes. Written by SPHEIR team leader Joseph Hoffman, the paper looks at practical examples of how SPHEIR projects are making a difference.

You can also read this article, where Universities UK International look at the case for UK Official Development Assistance investment in higher education.

Read and download the paper below: