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The International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB)

The International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB) provides members with access to bibliographic information on past and current articles, reports, papers, research findings and details of books concerning higher education published from all around the globe.  It is a useful tool for an international literature search. Where freely available, links to electronic documents are provided to access full text documents. IAU Members benefit from additional services, including accessibility of abstracts and the option to e-mail search results, as well as full access to the IAU journal Higher Education Policy.

To perform your own search (available to IAU members and non-members) please go directly to the HEDBIB site. Suggested keywords: Doctoral Programmes, Doctorats, Doctoral Education, Doctoral Degrees, Quality Assurance, Internationalisation, Research, Supervisors, Educational Outcomes.

The IDEA-PhD team invites you to explore the most recent extraction, which provides a bibliography focusing on doctoral education.

IAU HEDBIB Extraction for IDEA-PhD June 2020.

YearLanguageSearch 'Developing and Managing a PhD' 

State of doctoral education in Africa

A Literature Review on Models of the PhD


Johann Louw and Johan Muller look at various initiatives launched to examine the PhD - why? how? how many?

2014  37  English  pdf

Institutional Source: Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET), South Africa

Building PhD Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa


A study co-funded by The British Council and DAAD who worked with ANIE (African Network for Internationalisation of Education), and University College London, Institute of Education to investigate the nature of research and doctoral training across Sub-Saharan Africa in 2018. This study supports decision making around national-level policy, and institutional-level practice and provides current and potential international partners with insight into the PhD environment in six countries across Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa).


Research and PhD Capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia Report


Research and PhD Capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana Report


Research and PhD Capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya Report


Research and PhD Capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Nigeria Report


Research and PhD Capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Senegal Report


Research and PhD Capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa Report




Institutional Source: British Council / DAAD

Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology. A Review of Scholarship. 1995-2010


Summary of CREST's research output during a 15 year period and the impact of this work.

2010  67  English  pdf

Institutional Source: Centre or Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

Challenges to Doctoral Education in Africa

Fareeda Khodabocus writes in the spring edition 2016 in International Higher Education about challenges in Africa

2016  English  pdf

Institutional Source: International Higher Education

Doctoral Education in Africa - A review of Doctoral students needsand existing initiatives to support doctoral training andresearch development

Jonathan Harle gives an overview about Doctoral Education in Africa. 

2013  47  English  pdf

Institutional Source: DocLinks

Doctoral Education in South Africa - Policy, Discourse and Data

Nico Cloete, Johann Mouton and Charles Sheppard

This book draws on a large number of studies conducted by the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) over the past decade. In addition to these historical studies, primary research was also undertaken specifically to produce the evidence base for the statistical data referred to in the book. The historical studies focused on a range of issues that affect the growth, efficiency, quality and ransformation of the doctorate in South Africa, doctoral supervision, and doctoral tracer studies as well as drawing on studies from the rest of Africa and the world.

2015  296  English  pdf

Institutional Source: Nico Cloete, Johann Mouton and Charles Sheppard

From Doctoral Citizen to World Citizen: The Chance for Innovative Doctoral Eduation.


Maresi Nerad's Miegunyah Lecture given at the University of Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 16, 2005 addressing the preparation of PhD students to be responsible world citizens and leaders.

2005  24  English  pdf

Institutional Source: Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE)

History of Policy Debates about Doctoral Education 

The current Note outlines the presentations and discussions thattook place at the first UNIKE workshop held at the Department of Education, Aarhus University on 14‐18 October 2013. The focus was on the history of policy debates about doctoral education in the EU and the U.S., and offered an opportunity to compare and contrast the flagship models used in these two geo‐political regions.

2014  16  English  pdf

Institutional Source: UNIKE- Universities in the Knowledge Economy

Internationalisation of Higher Education in Africa: An Updated Perspective on Benefits, Risks and Opportunities.


Article assessing internationalization strategy in light of the publication of Higher Education in Africa: The International Dimension by the African Association of Uniuversities (AAU) and The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE).

2008  English  pdf

Institutional Source: The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education

Edited by Nico Cloete, Peter Maassen and Tracy Bailey

So, while the research focus of this book consists of the eight African universities, the theoretical underpinnings are global and, we think, many of the implications are far wider than the universities studied. The HERANA project is focused on contributing to a better understanding of the (positive and negative) factors that affect African flagship universities in their knowledge production function. A better understanding of these factors, including from a cross- African comparative

2015  312  English  pdf

Institutional Source: African Minds

Management and Leadership Training Project. Phase One. African Higher Education in a Globalizing World


Module for university managers to familarize themselves with the challenges and opportunities of globalization, internationalization, and corss border education.

2011  48  English  pdf

Institutional Source: National Council for Higher Education, Uganda

South Africa as A PhD Hub In Africa?


This is an article in the book "Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education". It explores South Africa's situation in the continents PhD production.

2015  34  English  pdf

Institutional Source: CHET

Synthèse des travaux. Colloque – Le doctorat scientifique dans l’espace francophone: enjeux et compétences.


Présentation de CIRUISEF et synthèse de travaux menés dans le cadre du colloque sur le doctorat scientifique qui a eu lieu du 24 au 27 novembre 2009 à l’Université Cheik Anta Diop de Dakar, Sénégal.

2009  19  French  pdf

Institutional Source: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

The Role of Research and Post Graduate Studies in African Higher Education

This policy brief is produced by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) for the Summit on Higher Education on Revitalizing Higher Education for Africa’s future (Dakar, Senegal, March 10-12, 2015)

2015  English  pdf

Institutional Source: Association for the Development of Education in Africa

Working with Africa: Human and Social Science Research in Action


Highlights the humanities and social science research that is going on in the United Kingdom related to Africa.


2011  32  English  pdf

Institutional Source: The British Academy

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