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Beyond reforms: the politics of higher education transformation in Africa

Aina, Tade Akin

Abstract:
In spite of over a half century of interventions and waves of “reforms,” higher education in Africa today consists of institutions, systems, and practices that lack distinct values and goals, or a mission and vision connecting them to the major challenges of their local and global contexts. What is needed in African higher education is true transformation, which will involve practical and epistemological ruptures with previous ways of doing things and a reconstruction of structures, relations, cultures, and institutions. Of particular importance are initiatives that will ensure gender equity, changes in the organization and process of knowledge production, and a reenvisioning of universities’ funding sources and mechanisms.

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Title of Paper: Beyond reforms: the politics of higher education transformation in Africa
Conference Name: fifty-second Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association
Conference Date: 0000-00-00
Conference Location: New Orleans


Date:2009
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Higher Education, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Higher Education and the State, Transformation of higher education, Trends in Higher Education


File Size:113 KB
Date Added:14 March 2012


Aina, Tade Akin (2010) Beyond reforms: the politics of higher education transformation in Africa, 2009 Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola Lecture at the fifty-second Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in New Orleans in 2009