Case studies

Component 2 – Case Study Partnerships

The Case Study Partnership component of the program will focus on two key outcomes:

  1. the production of 12 case studies developed by African higher education institutions in collaboration with Canadian experts on industry linkages.
  2. the selection of six model case studies from the 12 that were developed.

The proponents of the six case studies will share lessons learned from the development of these case studies at a workshop where the six model case studies will be featured and subsequently disseminated to the broader Association of African Universities ‘ membership.

What’s new

Association of African Universities Report

A recently released report finds that many African universities need to scale up their efforts to strengthen linkages with industry and the private sector. Called “Strengthening university-industry linkages in Africa”, the report highlights the initial steps already taken by African universities to foster closer ties with industry and the private sector. The report goes on to say that African universities need more training in entrepreneurial skills, should focus on learning from successful institutions and need to support science parks and technology incubators among other initiatives.


Professor John Ssebuwufu, director, Research & Programs, Association of African Universities
Teralynn Ludwick, research officer, Association of African Universities/Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Margaux Béland, former director, Partnership Programs, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

The report was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

 Nine out of 12 planned case-studies partnerships submitted have been selected to be part of this program. Nine African universities are involved with seven Canadian universities. An independent consultant has been hired to work on three additional case-study reports with universities in two additional CIDA-priority countries in order to have the number of 12 case-studies required for the selection of six models. These which will be presented at a workshop planned in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012-2013.

The activities planned for each component have been progressing steadily and are expected to continue to be successfully achieved. Most of the universities have taken the necessary steps to complete their action plans on time. So far, the implementation process has been smooth in general and solutions are brought to issues encountered in a timely manner. Expectations and confidence remain high for activities and results.

Nine successful Case Study Partnerships are listed below, with three more to follow:

African institution Canadian institution
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Carleton University
Kenyatta University,Kenya University of Ottawa
The National University of Rwanda, Rwanda The University of Western Ontario
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya The University of Western Ontario
Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
University of Botswana, Botswana Carleton University
Makerere University, Uganda Concordia University
Njala University, Sierra Leone University of Guelph
Ebonyi State University, Nigeria University of Saskatchewan