Investigating linkages with external actors: An analysis of three Tanzanian universities. No. 2014-007 Featured


This paper analyzes mechanisms that promote interaction with external actors at three universities (a general one, one with an agricultural focus and one with a health focus) in Tanzania. It does so by mapping the type of external social partners that the universities engage with, the types of relationships that exist and the perceived outcomes and benefits of the interactions as well as obstacles and challenges related to engaging in interactions. Our empirical evidence suggests that a) these universities have multiple intersecting roles in relation to innovation oriented towards inclusion and social development, b) international donors to a large extent set and shape the research agenda in Tanzania and c) students play a significant role in linking with informal stakeholders in the transfer of technologies and capability building in rural areas. Finally, conclusions for theory and policy are derived from these findings.

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