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Title:Beyond reforms: the politics of higher education transformation in Africa
Author:Aina, Tade AkinISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:higher education
educational reform
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v053/53.1.aina.pdf
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. (Text of the Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola Lecture, delivered at the African Studies Association's 2009 meeting.) Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]