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Title:The University of Lubumbashi between the Local and the Global: Dynamics, Management, and Future of University Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Author:Rubbers, Benjamin
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:educational management
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4107303
Abstract:In sub-Saharan Africa, universities are going through a time of change brought about by decreased State funding and the widening of student access. These developments have caused university staff to depend more on student registration fees, as well as on funds received from international donor organizations. Studies of the university in transition from a bureaucratic institution to an entrepreneurial organization have generally focused on the effects of increasing State disengagement. The present article examines the effects of the increase in student numbers or, more broadly, on the demand for university education, on the basis of the case of the University of Lubumbashi (UNILU) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After a brief description of the context of the 1990s, it examines three aspects of the demand for university education: its dynamics, the way it is managed by the university in the face of financial difficulties, and its relation to the labour market. It shows that although the academic authorities have succeeded in ensuring 'entrepreneurial' management of the institution, they have hardly managed to create the conditions to adapt more effectively to the real economy. The article is based on a five-month study carried out in 2001. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French. [ASC Leiden abstract]