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The University in Africa and Democratic Citizenship: Hothouse or Training Ground?

Thierry M Luescher-Mamashela; S Kiiru, R Mattes, A M Mwollo-ntallima; N, Ng’ethe; M, Romo.

Abstract:
serious flaws. While welldesigned political institutions and processes constitute the necessary ‘hardware’ of a democratic system, democracy requires democrats to consolidate.Higher education is recognised as key to delivering the knowledge requirements for political development. It is essential for the design and operation of key political institutions of a modern political system, from the judiciary to the legislative and executive arms of government, the top staffing of the state bureaucracy as well as key institutions of civil society. Moreover, public higher education in democracies is typically mandated to contribute to the development of an enlightened, critically constructive citizenry. Whether and how higher education makes a contribution to democratisation beyond producing the professionals that are necessary for developing and sustaining a modern political system has remained an unresolved question. Research conducted in the African context has produced so far ambiguous findings, ranging from a strong positive correlation between higher levels of education and democratic attitudes and behaviours to conclusions that higher levels of education only offer ‘diminishing returns’ for the development of democratic citizenship in Africa.

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Document Title: The University in Africa and Democratic Citizenship: Hothouse or Training Ground?
Project Title: HIGHER EDUCATION AND DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA
Institution: Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA


Date:2010
Document Type:Research Report (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:International
Keywords:Student Activism, Student Politics, Struggle, Transformation, Transformation of higher education, Trends in Higher Education, Political Movements, Political Ideologies, Political Activism, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania


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Rights:CHET
Date Added:22 March 2011


The University in Africa and Democratic Citizenship: Hothouse or Training Ground?