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Title:Myth and ceremony: contested marketization and internationalization regimes in Kenya's higher education
Author:Obamba, Milton O.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:higher education
educational management
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/jhigheducafri.7.3.125
Abstract:Tremendous transformations in policy and structure have modified the higher education landscape across sub-Saharan Africa in the last decade of the twentieth and the first decade of the twenty-first century. The defining features of the transformation include the diversification of sources of funding, privatization and liberalization of the university sector, and severe reductions on government funding of universities across the region. In the Kenyan context, the discourses of global competitiveness, internationalization and pursuit of world-class quality assurance standards have featured prominently in a wide variety of the major recent policy documents. This article reviews a range of policy discourses and instruments to reconstruct and analyse the growing rhetoric of 'global' competitiveness and the phenomenon of marketization in higher education in Kenya and explore the complex political economy of educational commodities. It argues that government policy and university activities strongly emphasize market-oriented logics of expansion and commercialization, but within the context of a highly fragmented and incomplete market landscape. As for the internationalization aspect of the policy, it pertains more to myth and ceremony than to action. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]