Joint Press Release: Carnegie Corporation of New York Funds Research to Address Data and Intervention Gaps

Strengthening Recruitment, Development and Retention of Faculty in the East African Community.

Jul/29/2021

Kampala, Uganda July 29th 2021 - The Demographics of African Faculty (DAF) consortium today announces that it has secured $390,000 of funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York for a two-year research project focusing on understanding and addressing ‘faculty challenges’. 

The financial commitment is to enable a detailed study of the challenges that higher education institutions (HEIs) in the East African Community (EAC) face, with respect to faculty to student ratios and the composition of faculty, which directly affect the quality of education in the region.

Through this new DAF II project, the partners aim to strengthen the ability of higher education stakeholders to plan and implement evidence-informed responses targeted at improving the numbers and nature of quality faculty within Higher Education Institutions in the EAC.

The DAF II project will also benefit from ongoing research by some consortium members on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on higher education. The findings will enable policymakers, Higher Education Institution leaders, the public and other stakeholders to better understand how to manage threats to HEIs resulting from or exacerbated by the pandemic.

Carnegie Corporation of New York (the philanthropic funder) and the implementing partners (IUCEA, AAU, ESSA and PRB) are committed to strengthening quality faculty supply in the EAC through this DAF II research project. We also call on all stakeholders to join forces with us towards achieving an even greater impact in the East African Community and beyond.

Read the full press release here