Transforming the Academia: Exploring African Universities in a Comparative Context


Ishmael I. Munene (Editor)
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, US

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues

This book presents a rigorous inquiry into one of the most striking transformation which has occurred in Africa’s education today — the University. Utilizing an array of theoretical perspectives drawn from economics, political science, and sociology among others, this book explores the metamorphosis of the African university from its post-independence local national institution to the contemporary market-oriented and globally-influenced academia. The contributing authors, committed Africanists drawn from a variety of disciplines, navigate through the complexities of the transformation highlighting the how these changes mimic trends elsewhere beyond the continent. The survey of the African university transformation is distilled into six critical themes: The historical evolution, governance, access and success, financing, privatization as well as the academic profession. In each theme, the author delineates the historical antecedents, explores the societal forces shaping the transformation, analyzes the emerging university configurations, contextualizes these changes in a global context, and provides important policy implications for the resultant change. This book provides a balanced perspective on trends in university developments in Africa. This book is a must read for African studies specialists, higher education scholars, policy makers and anyone with a keen eye in comparative higher education scholarship.

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General Introduction, pp. 1-4 (Ishmael I. Munene)

Chapter 1. Historical Evolution of African Universities: From Pre-Nationalism to Globalization and Internationalization, pp. 5-17
(Doyin Coker-Kolo)

Chapter 2. Governance, Authority, Accountability and Managerial Reforms, pp. 19-35
(Michael F. Butcher)

Chapter 3. Reforming Higher Education in Africa: Access, Equity and Equal Opportunity, pp. 37-58
(Samuel Zalanga)

Chapter 4. How Do We Pay for it?- Diversifying Financing in Constrained Economics, pp. 59-76
(Ishmael I. Munene)

Chapter 5. The Public-Private Dichotomy: Privatization Trends, pp. 77-106
(Abdul Karim Bangura)

Chapter 6. From Academic Elites to Managed Professionals: The Decline of the Academic Profession in Africa, pp. 107-128
(Ishmael I. Munene)


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