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Title:Three generations of African academics: a note
Author:Mkandawire, ThandikaISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=622
Abstract:In the current debates about the crisis of African universities considerable emphasis has been laid on the institutions and their physical dilapidation, much more than on the people animating these institutions, which is the subject of this article. Since independence there have been at least three generations of indigenous researchers in Africa. Each has witnessed changes in their countries' economic fortunes and political trajectories, as well as cultural and societal transformation. The first generation of African researchers was largely produced abroad. Significant numbers of them returned to their respective home countries. The second generation was also trained abroad, but many of this generation stayed there. The third generation, especially the ones entering graduate schools in the latter part of the 1980s, received their training under extremely difficult circumstances: a nearly criminal neglect of libraries and a total absence of modern means of communication and research technologies. Members of this generation lack international exposure, having had limited opportunities to study abroad. The implications for African universities are outlined in a concluding section. Bibliogr., note, ref.