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The University as a Site of Knowledge: the role of basic research.

Chachage, Seithy, L.

Abstract:
This paper extrapolates from the tensions between the University of Dar es Salaam
Academic Staff Assembly (UDASA) and the university administration to make a
case for academic freedom in Tanzania in particular and Africa in general. It draws
on two key statements on academic freedom in Africa - the Dar es Salaam Declaration
on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics (1990) and the
Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility (1991), to
discuss the role of basic research in the university as a site for knowledge production.
The paper argues that the quest for academic freedom is only meaningful if
universities renew their commitment to the public good. Only by fulfilling the public
trust as weavers of the social fabric and upholders of the highest ethical dimensions
of human life can universities reclaim their position in society and the world
at large.

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Document Title: The University as a Site of Knowledge: the role of basic research.
Journal: Journal of Higher Education in Africa
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
No. of Pages: 47-67


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:Tanzania, United Republic of
Keywords:Academic Freedom, Intellectual Development, Knowledge Production, Social Responsibility, , Research and Development R&D, University of Dar es Salaam


File Size:113 KB
Rights:Permission granted by author
Date Added:30 April 2009


Chachage, Seithy, L. (2006). The University as a Site of Knowledge: the role of basic research. Journal of Higher Education in Africa. Vol.4(2) pp.47-67.