Is equal access to higher education in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa achievable by 2030?

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Author/Publisher: Ilie, S. & Rose, P.
Language: English
ISBN: Ilie, S. & Rose, P. High Educ (2016) 72: 435. doi:10.1007/s10734-016-0039-3

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Abstract: Higher education is back in the spotlight, with post-2015 sustainable development goals emphasising equality of access. In this paper, we highlight the long distance still to travel to achieve the goal of equal access to higher education for all, with a focus on poorer countries which tend to have lower levels of enrolment in higher education. Analysing Demographic and Health Survey data from 35 low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, we show wide wealth inequalities in particular, with few if any of the poorest gaining access to higher education in some countries. We further identify that wealth and gender inequalities interact and tend to be wider in countries where levels of higher education are higher. 


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