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Comparison of Faculty’s Research Productivity (H-Index and Citation Index) In Africa (Published)

The study aimed at comparative determination of faculty’s research productivity in Africa, using h-index and citation index from Google Scholar database. The h-index and citation index are the most authentic, valid and reliable measures of faculty’s research productivity worldwide. Eight research questions were answered with descriptive statistics, and eight corresponding null hypotheses were tested with Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and One-sample t test at 0.05 alpha. A disproportional stratified sample of 3000 faculty in Africa was drawn, cutting across fifteen universities from the five African regions. Comparative causal-effect Ex Post Facto research design guided the work. Google Scholar citation database that has been unquestionably judged as the most dependable, accurate and e-visible database served as the source of data for measuring the faculty’s research productivity. Results primarily showed that African h-index and citation index are significantly lower than the world averages of 17.50 and 971, respectively. Also, the h-index and citation index of the University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria and Cairo University are significantly greater than those of other African universities. Southern Africa and North Africa each has h-index and citation index that are significantly higher than those in the other African regions. South Africa and Egypt have h-index and citation index that are not only greater significantly than those of other African countries, but also significantly higher than the world averages. Recommendations were accordingly made for a possible acceleration of the research productivity of the faculty in the continent.

Keywords: African Universities’, Citation index, Faculty, Google Scholar, Google Scholar Profile, Research productivity, University rankings, h-index


Pan Africanism was a movement founded around 1900, to secure equal rights, self-government, independence, and unity for African peoples. The term “Pan Africanism” has usually been applied to the struggle for the political unification of the continent of African. This is due to the fact that knowledge is development and investment in human capital is necessary for African development. Education is therefore a necessary instrument in Pan African movement. To achieve this, Pan African Universities has to be established as an institution of higher learning which can help and contribute to reshape the direction of education in the continent, towards a anti-neo-colonialism. For Pan African University, to have a real impact methodology and techniques for accessing, mythology and cosmology. Hopefully, the paper will discover issues in pedagogy and methodology in Pan Africanism, prospect and challenges of Pan Africanism for African development. After the introduction concepts germane to the topic will be discussed. The paper will also propose measures to make Pan African University respond to provide platform for African renaissance.

Keywords: African Universities’, Integration, Knowledge Acquisition