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Title:African Universities and Social Reconstruction: What Mission and What Strategies? The Case of the Conflict Management Centre of the National University of Rwanda
Author:Urusaro, Alice K.
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Rwanda
East Africa
Subjects:conflict resolution
social change
Education and Oral Traditions
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Social reform
Universities and colleges
Université nationale du Rwanda. Centre de gestion des conflits
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43657705
Abstract:A review of the effects of armed conflicts on the African continent in the last decade makes for alarming reading. Although there have been several attempts at explaining the causes of violent conflicts, less is known about the way in which States and social groups manage the effects of these conflicts. Are sustainable strategies of conflict control and prevention universal or peculiar to a situation? How do groups and individuals contribute to these strategies that are aimed at assisting them to regain control of their lives and their communities? What are the implications of policy and practical interventions of higher education institutions in public affairs? These questions are considered in the context of the work of the Centre for Conflict Management at the National University of Rwanda. The author argues that African universities can become valuable and key democratic institutions on condition that they rediscover themselves with constant innovations. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]