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The challenge to the liberal vision of universities in Africa

Court, David

Abstract:

This chapter is a critical discussion of the World Bank paper "Higher Education: The Lessons of Experience" which was released in July 1994 . Court finds that the economic orientation of the paper disturbs the core notion of the university.  Values and knowledge creation, particularly through independent and basic research, are still critically important in order to develop the African continent as a " creator of science and technology and not simply a consumer of imported versions."  This is seen in contrast to reinforcing the attachment of universities to the market and thereby the continued dependence on Western knowledge generation. Institutional differentiation, diversification of funding, and private sector participation have, according to Court , replaced earlier key concerns of access, equity and relevance. 

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Chapter Title: The challenge to the liberal vision of universities in Africa
Book Title: Learning from experience: policy and pratice in aid to higher education
Edited by: Lene Buchert and Kenneth King
City: Den Haag, The Netherlands
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education in Developing Countries (CESO)
No. of Pages: 109-121


Date:1995
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Higher Education Institutions HEI s, World Bank Projects, Critiques, Funding of Higher Education, Role of Universities, Future of Higher Education, Higher Education and Development


File Size:71 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor.
Date Added:04 June 2007


Court, David (1995). The challenge to the liberal vision of universities in Africa. In Lene Buchert and 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), 109-121