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Title:The University as a Site of Knowledge: The Role of Basic Research
Author:Chachage, Chachage Seithy L.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
academic freedom
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
higher education
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24486259
Abstract:This paper extrapolates from the tensions between the University of Dar es Salaam Academic Staff Assembly (UDASA) and the university administration to make a case for academic freedom in Tanzania in particular and Africa in general. It draws on two key statements on academic freedom in Africa - the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics (1990) and the Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility (1991), to discuss the role of basic research in the university as a site for knowledge production. The paper argues that the quest for academic freedom is only meaningful if universities renew their commitment to the public good. Only by fulfilling the public trust as weavers of the social fabric and upholders of the highest ethical dimensions of human life can universities reclaim their position in society and the world at large. The paper was originally presented at a workshop on academic freedom, social responsibility and the state of academia in Tanzania, held in Dar es Salaam in February 2005. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]