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Title:Critical Perspectives on the Crises, Planned Change, and the Prospects for Transformation in African Higher Education
Author:Assiť-Lumumba, N'Dri T.
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:higher education
educational policy
educational reform
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
Educational change
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43661436
Abstract:Higher education in contemporary Africa, within the colonial and postcolonial contexts, has been characterized by contestations, crises, struggles by various African stakeholders to assert agency, and reforms in search of structural transformation. This paper provides a summary of the author's book, entitled 'Higher education in Africa: crises, reforms, and transformation' (2006), published by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in its Green Book series. It is a background text for the research network of CODESRIA's Multinational Working Group (MWG) on higher education. The arguments in the paper are articulated under five major headings. The first section provides a historical background of African higher education institutions. The second section discusses the mission of the postcolonial university and the dependency syndrome. The third section examines educational crises as they relate to economic crises and the structural adjustment programmes and the search for solutions through reforms and innovations of differing types reflecting the demands of different periods. The fourth section discusses the new challenges at the turn of the twenty-first century. The fifth section examines the factors for transformation and ownership of African higher education as a public good, followed by a conclusion. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]