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The polity and the university: an African perspective

Mazrui, Ali

Abstract:

Three categories of relationships between governments and universities in the Third World are quite distinct. The relationship between the government and students is often the most difficult. The relationship between the government and the academic staff (faculty) is mixed, some university teachers being more politically accommodationist or more politically radical than others. The relationship between the government and university administrators is normally the most "harmonious," since Third World university administrators often behave like civil servants, and try to accommodate the government of the day if they can. Illustrations in this chapter come mainly from Africa.  The author concludes that the relationships among African governments, students, academics and the university administrators are clear but complex.  It is imperative that governments make it less intimidating for academics and students to offer constructive critcisms on government policies and programmes and that dialogue should continue between scholars and policymakers.   

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Chapter Title: The polity and the university: an African perspective
City: Connecticut, USA
Publisher: Praeger


Date:1995
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Politics, Higher Education and the State, Student Unrest , Administrative Staff, Lecturers, Academic Freedom, Religion, Ethnicity, Developing countries


Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the author.
Date Added:16 March 2007


Mazrui, Ali (1995). The polity and the university: an African perspective. In Senyo B-S.K. Adjibolosoo ( ed ), The Significance of the human factor in African economic development, Connecticut,USA: Praeger Publishers, 165-181