Higher Education and Elites Presentation March 2011
Higher Education and the Formation of Developmental Elites: A literature review and preliminary data analysis. Laura Brannelly, Laura Lewis & Susy Ndarahutse.
Does higher education have a role in promoting the emergence of developmental leaders and elites? For 30 years or more – and especially since the announcement of the MDGs – the international development community and national governments alike have favoured investment in primary education over higher education, while the quality of higher education in many developing countries still leaves much to be desired. Though there are good reasons for investment in primary education, was it a mistake to do so at the expense of higher education? Could higher education play a vital role in germinating a pool of people with the capacity and vision to constitute progressive development leadership across the public and private sectors? And does higher education contribute to the formation of networks that facilitate the emergence of developmental coalitions and hence address critical collective action problems?