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French aid and the crisis of higher education in Francophone Africa

Orivel, Francois

Abstract:
In this chapter, Orivel discusses the higher education system in Francophone Africa and begins  with a statistical overview.  The 20 Francophone countries located in Sub-Saharan Africa together had 255,000 tertiary students in 1990, a near sevenfold increase since 1970 when only 37,000 were enrolled.  The basic characteristics of tertiary education systems have not significantly changed to cope with a radically new context for the graduates.  The author mentions the differences between the organisational model adopted by most Francophone tertiary institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and that of the original French model.  There are some similarities between the dichotomy in France regarding higher education with the universities on the one hand and the "Grande Ecoles" on the other. This comparison is provided in the form of a table.  The relationship between France and Francophone SSA universities is discussed as well as the attempts to improve the effectiveness of French aid to tertiary education. 

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Chapter Title: French aid and the crisis of higher education in Francophone Africa
Book Title: Learning from experience: policy and practice in aid to higher education
Edited by: Lene Buchert, Kenneth King
City: Den Haag, The Netherlands
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education in Developing Countries (CESO)
No. of Pages: 247-256


Date:1995
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:International
Keywords:Francophone Africa, France, Aid to Higher Education, Higher Education Systems, Models, Graduate Employment, Funding of Higher Education, Quality of Higher Education


File Size:66 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor.
Date Added:28 May 2007


Orivel, Francois (1995). French aid and the crisis of higher education in Francophone Africa. In Lene Buchart, Kenneth King (eds), Learning from experience: policy and practice in aid to higher education Den Haag, The Netherlands: Centre for the Study of Education in Developing Countries (CESO), 247-256