Beyond Reforms: The Politics of Higher Education Transformation in Africa

Beyond Reforms: The Politics of Higher Education Transformation in Africa

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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.
Citation: Aina, Tade Akin. Beyond Reforms: The Politics of Higher Education Transformation in Africa. African Studies Review 53.1 (2010): 21-40.
Program: Higher Education and Research in Africa