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Alternative models to traditional higher education: market demand, networks and private sector challenges

Sall, Ebrima

Abstract:
This paper looks at the pluralization of knowledges and knowledge-producing institutions and at the complexification of the higher education systems in sub- Saharan Africa. It highlights the evolution of “traditional” institutions and the factors that led to such an evolution, the development of alternative models, the spread of knowledge networks, and the challenges of private sector involvement in higher education. With globalization, liberalization, and democratization came new “modes” of higher learning, and new kinds of knowledges.  “Traditional” models have been forced to evolve, adapt, and reinvent themselves in the context of these changes, and of shifts in development paradigms and rapid global and local economic and technological transformations. There seems to be a gradual evolution towards more hybrid forms and models of higher education. However, the paper argues that, despite the rapid increase in the numbers and variety of institutions and the pluralization of knowledges, both the traditional institutional forms and modes and the traditional kinds of scientific knowledge are, in the case of Africa, likely to remain the dominant forms for the foreseeable future.

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Document Title: Alternative models to traditional higher education: market demand, networks and private sector challenges
Journal: Journal of Higher Education
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 177-212


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Higher Education, Sub Saharan Africa, Models, Networks, Private Higher Education, Transformation of higher education, Challenges, Knowledge Production, Supply and Demand, Institutional Diversity


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Date Added:04 July 2007


Sall, Ebrima (2004). Alternative models to traditional higher education: market demand, networks and private sector challenges. Journal of Higher Education in Africa 2(1): 177-212