Although numerous studies have been completed over the past decade concerning the problems associated with higher education in Africa, no study has examined the relative excellence of many academic programs offered in Africa. The intent of this study was to identify top postgraduate programs in social, agricultural, and environmental science.
Leading scholars, also identified as renowned authorities pertaining to African higher education programs, were asked to rank the top three African academic programs in their field. Building from this initial ranking, the second step of the study included on-site institutional evaluations.
As a result, the study provides an important contribution not only to the literature on higher education, but also to the practice of long-term institution building. Policy approaches to institutional development that would assist in the development of flagship African postgraduate programs, keeping strong programs strong are suggested.