The paper reviews the role of universities in Africa and analyzes the environment in which they are operating. On the basis of the current financial constraints facing the universities and in order to reduce their dependance on the state funding, the paper recommends to the higher education institutions and to the policy makers to undertake the following reforms:
- To develop variety amongst institutions within the higher education sector, including the establishment of private institutions.
- To encourage public institutions to diversify their sources of funding, including cost recovery or sharing with students.
- To redefine the role of government in higher education, and link state expenditure to performance measures.
- To establish policies that give priority to the creation of quality and greater equity.
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|Chapter Title:||Financing higher education in Africa|
|Book Title:||Higher education in the 21st century: achievements and prospects in the Eastern and Southern African region|
|Edited by:||Juma Shabani|
|No. of Pages:||68-88|
|Document Type:||Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)|
|Subject Area:||Finance and Physical Resources|
|Keywords:||Financing of Higher Education, Role of Universities, Higher Education Systems,Funding of Higher Education, Models, Statistics, Income Generation|
|File Size:||417 KB|
|Rights:||Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor|
|Date Added:||18 April 2007|