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Title:University Development in English-Speaking Africa: Problems and Opportunities
Author:Porter, Arthur T.
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:English-speaking Africa
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/720364
Abstract:Notwithstanding an outstanding record of achievements, there is a growing awareness of a lack of 'fit' between the products of the education system and what the African countries really require. At the university level there are fundamental questions as to how far developments are really meeting the needs of the new nations. Besides the common targets to be accomplished the African universities have a more direct responsibility toward the goal of nation-building, which means 1. the production of trained specialists essential for social and economic development 2. the support of the other educational institutions for the middle level and subprofessional occupations; and 3. the acceleration of the development in the rural sector. Other problems are the relationship between universities and their respective governments and especially their contribution to the solution of the problems of unemployment and the urban-rural gap in their countries. Notes.