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Financing higher education in Africa

Blair, R.D.D.

Abstract:

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
City: Nairobi, Kenya
Publisher: UNESCO
No. of Pages: 68-88


Date:1997
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Finance and Physical Resources
Country:African Continent
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


Blair, R.D.D. (1997). Financing higher education in Africa. In Juma Shabani, Higher education in the 21st century: achievements and prospects in the Eastern and Southern African region Nairobi, Kenya: UNESCO, 68-88