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Regional cooperation in higher education in Africa-achievements and prospects: the case of the African Network and Scientific and Technological Institutions ( ANSTI )

Massaquoi, J.G.M.

Abstract:
Sub-Saharan Africa has forty eight (48) countries which are at different stages of development and each uniquely endowed with certain human and physical resources. Some countries are in relatively better position than others in terms of human resources and teaching facilities in specific fields of study.  Under such a situation, it is extremely important that countries in the region pool their resources together for the purpose of training and manpower development.  Such regional cooperation will enable students from any part of the continent to gain their training, particularly at the post-graduate level, in the best institutions.  It will also provide opportunities for researchers to have access to equipment and other facilities that may not be available in their own institution.  In theory, therefore, networking and other forms of regional cooperation, are useful strategies for human resource development especially at the higher level and in highly specialized professional disciplines.  In practice however, this may not readily be achieved because of problems within and outside the control of the networks.  In this paper the author discusses as an example, one such regional cooperation project - The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI).  The paper gives an account of the origin, the participating countries and institutions, the activities and achievements of ANSTI.  It shows how it is structured, managed and administered and the strategy it employs to pursue its objectives.  It also analyses the problems associated with African networks in general and ANSTI in particular, and discusses their future prospects.

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Chapter Title: Regional cooperation in higher education in Africa-achievements and prospects: the case of the African Network and Scientific and Technological Institutions ( ANSTI )
Book Title: Higher education in the 21st century: achievements and prospects in the Eastern and the Southern African region
Edited by: Juma Shabani
City: Nairobi, Kenya
Publisher: UNESCO
No. of Pages: 95-104


Date:1997
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Regional Cooperation, Higher Education, Universities, Research Institutions, Networks


File Size:219 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor.
Date Added:12 April 2007


Massaquoi, J.G.M. (1997). Regional cooperation in higher education in Africa-achievements and prospects: the case of the African Network and Scientific and Technological Institutions ( ANSTI ). In Juma Shabani (ed) Higher education in the 21st century: achievements and prospects in the eastern and southern African region, Nairobi, Kenya: UNESCO, 95-104