The Development of Higher Education in Africa: Prospects and Challenges (International Perspectives on Education and Society)

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The global education revolution of the 20th century resulted in massive developments in education worldwide, but the higher education sector throughout Africa remains surprisingly underdeveloped. Although impressive expansion and reform of higher education in Africa have occurred since 1990, the higher education sector across Africa has been particularly challenged to keep pace with the development of higher education worldwide. This is reflected in comparatively limited research output by African university scholars and researchers and the limited representation of African universities on world institutional rankings. Given both the perceived and real gap in research productivity and scholarly reputation between African higher education and higher education systems in other parts of the world, the question persists whether or not the African higher education sector can produce 'world-class' universities.

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Alexander W. Wiseman - Lehigh University, PA, USA
C. C. Wolhuter - North-West University, South Africa

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Wiseman (comparative and international education, Lehigh U.) and Wolhuter (comparative and international education, North-West U., South Africa) compile 16 essays on the challenges and prospects for higher education in Africa, focusing on issues of development, expansion, internationalization, equity, and cross-national convergence and divergence. Education and other scholars based in Africa, the US, Canada, and Greece offer information, case studies, and research on the development of higher education across Africa as a whole and in specific regions, countries, and educational systems, and the organizations that influence it. They address the history of the association between international or global organizations and higher education development in Africa; changes in higher education due to specific regional, country, or system conditions; and implications of the infrastructure, capacity, and sustainability of higher education institutions and development models. They discuss Africa's social, political, and economic contexts and their role; trends in internationalization and implications for research and innovation for development in universities; cross-border higher education; internationalization, privatization, and university reform; global-local partnerships; equity and access; language in higher education transformation; knowledge production; university collaboration; lessons from the Bologna process for education and teacher education in Africa; policy and educational development; agency; and curriculum. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. --Book News Inc. Portland, OR

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