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Public and private univerisites in Kenya: new challenges, issues and achievements

Mwiria, Kilemi; Ng'ethe, Njuguna; Ngome, Charles; Ouma-Odero, Douglas; Wawire, Violet; Wesonga, Daniel

Abstract:

This is a two-part volume on the situation of public and private universities in Kenya confronting the reform of their institutions in the context of four decades of rapid growth of the higher education sector as a whole.

The volume contains an introduction by Dr. Kilemi Mwiria, Assistant Minister of Education in Kenya that places the current state of public and private universities described in this volume in the context of the inherited legacy from the past and, more importantly, within a framework of policy intentions for the future and to anticipate likely changes in university purposes, management and practice.

The analytical essays on public and private universities in Kenya that make up this two-part volume were conceived and written before the change in political culture. Indeed, the section on public universities focuses on reforms that were possible in the interstices of official policy and despite government interventions. The private universities were less subject to government intrusion but nevertheless were bound by broad regulatory measures established by the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) and, while able to exercise relatively greater autonomy than their public colleagues, were not entirely immune to the surrounding official culture. Although we are in the early days of the new dispensation, it is important to place the current state of public and private universities described in this volume in the context of the inherited legacy from the past and, more importantly, within a framework of policy intentions for the future and to anticipate likely changes in university purposes, management and practice. The introduction attempts to address these broad themes.

Commissioned by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, the local scholars carried out the Kenya studies, using a methodology that incorporates feedback from the institutions under study and involving a broad range of stakeholders. For the private universities part of the volume, the Ford Foundation funded a group of young scholars as a way of encouraging first-rate work from younger and less experienced researchers.

This volume illustrates both the contemporary situation and the government's reformist intentions toward public and private universities in Kenya. What it shows above all is the extent to which public and private universities can learn from and complement each other.

 

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Title of Paper: Public and private univerisites in Kenya: new challenges, issues and achievements
Publisher: East African Educational Publishers
City: Nairobi, Kenya


Date:2007
Document Type:Booklet (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Kenya
Keywords:Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Kenya, Private Sector, Public Sector, Higher Education Reform, Access, Equity, Governance, Management, Financing of Higher Education


File Size:1.56 MB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the Partnership for Higher Education
Date Added:27 August 2007


Mwiria, Kilemi; Ng'ethe, Njuguna; Ngome, Charles; Ouma-Odero, Douglas; Wawire, Violet; Wesonga, Daniel (2007). Public and private univerisites in Kenya: new challenges, issues and achievements, Nairobi, Kenya: East African Educational Publishers, 1-204.