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What is Research and Teaching in African Higher Education for? A Deconstruction of Policies in Three African Universities

Nakabugo, Mary Goretti

Abstract:
Higher Education has the responsibility of creating the capacity for sustainable development. Developed nations have made efforts to transform their higher education institutions into knowledge economies to act as the drivers of development. The rationale is that the main determinant of poverty is the lack of appropriate human capital to produce added value, make use of technology and attract investments. Africa is one of the most endowed continents in terms of natural resources, yet it is the poorest and most unsuccessful in providing the human and capital resources to sustain itself. This paper analyses the value that Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa attach to being major contributors to their nations’ development. A deconstruction is made of the research and appointment and promotion policies of Makerere University (Uganda), University of Malawi and University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). The three cases highlight the need to re-culture and reconsider African scholarship.

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Title of Paper: What is Research and Teaching in African Higher Education for? A Deconstruction of Policies in Three African Universities
Conference Name: Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, 2008:
Conference Date: 0000-00-00
Conference Location: Liverpool, UK
Published as Proceedings: SRHE Annual Conference 20


Date:2008
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:Uganda
Keywords:Research, Teaching, Higher Education, , Policy, Policy Analysis, Policy Research, Sustainable Development


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Rights:Self archived
Date Added:06 February 2009


Nakabugo, Mary Goretti (2008) What is research in higher education? : a deconstruction of policies in three African universities.