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Title:A history of the Rhodes Scholarships in Zimbabwe
Author:Morgan, D.L.L.
Year:2007
Periodical:Heritage of Zimbabwe (ISSN 0556-9605)
Issue:26
Pages:84-93
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:scholarships
higher education
educational history
1900-1999
education
Rhodes scholarships
University of Oxford--Funds and scholarships
Abstract:This paper examines the history of the scholarships named after Cecil Rhodes, who wanted to bring young potential leaders to a central place where they could be educated together, the central place chosen being Oxford University. It focuses on the Rhodes Scholarships from Zimbabwe. Academic standards in (then) Southern Rhodesia were not high and many parents could not afford to keep their children at school to matric level. A further limitation on the pool of possible candidates for a Scholarship was the education available in Rhodesia for indigenous Rhodesians. Thus it was not until 1924 that the country produced its first Scholar to take a first and, with one exception, not until 1953 that its first Scholar read for a doctorate. Early Rhodesian Rhodes Scholars made contributions to their country in the field of law, sometimes intertwined with political careers, but the number of Rhodes Scholars choosing law as a career has diminished in the last 30 years. Academic life and research has had increasing appeal for Rhodesian/Zimbabwean Rhodes Scholars over the past 50 years. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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