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Higher education in Africa: crisis, reforms and transformation

Assie-Lumumba, N'dri T.

Chapter one of this book problematises the concept and various types of higher education.  The second chapter discusses the colonial and neo-colonial origins and contexts in which contemporary African higher education institutions have evolved.  It examines the mutually reinforcing continued processes of cultural imperialism exercised from former colonial powers.  Chapter three examines the educational crises by locating them within the general economic and global societal crises.  The author discusses the African awakening and the early wave of post-colonial internally driven reforms that aimed to tackle the colonial legacy.  Thereafter, she critically examines the new challenges within the global and local objective conditions in the fifth chapter.  The final chapter examines the structural change, transformation, and localisation of higher education as a public good and the prospects for a rooted, African-centred higher education that can facilitate social progress in Africa. 

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Title of Paper: Higher education in Africa: crisis, reforms and transformation
Publisher: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa ( CODESRIA)
City: Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

Document Type:Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Universities, Higher Education Systems, Developing countries, Colonialism, History, Cultural Conflict, Economic Issues, Crisis, Political Conflict, Reforms of Higher Education, Educational Change, Globalisation, Debt Crisis, Human Resources Development HRD, Brain Drain, Transformation of higher education, Higher Education and Development

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Rights:Permission to use this monograph was granted by the author.
Date Added:22 April 2008

Assie-Lumumba, N'dri T. (2006). Higher education in Africa: crisis, reforms and transformation CODESRIA Working Paper Series.