ISBN 9782869781252
Pages 356
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2004
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

African Universities in the Twenty-First Century. Vol 2

Knowledge and Society

edited by Adebayo O. Olukoshi, Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

As the twenty first century unfolds, African universities are undergoing change and confronting challenges which are unprecedented. The effects of globalisation, and political and economic pressures of liberalisation and privatisation, both internal and external, are reconfiguring all aspects of university life: teaching, research, and their public service functions; such that the need to redefine the roles of the African universities, and to defend their importance have become paramount. At the same time, the universities must themselves balance demands of autonomy and accountability, expansion and excellence, diversification and differentiation, and internationalisation and indigenisation. In a climate in which scholarship and production are increasingly dependent on ICTs, and are becoming globalised, the universities must address the challenges of knowledge production and dissemination. The need to indigenise global scholarship, to their own requirements, meanwhile is ever- pressing.

This two-volume work provides in-depth analysis of the issues. Volume 1 focuses on the implications of neo-liberal reforms and ICTs on African higher education. Volume 2 considers the changing social dynamics of knowledge production, university organisation, public services and engagement.

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About the Editors

Adebayo O. Olukoshi

Adebayo Olukoshi is currently Executive Secretary of CODESRIA. He is Professor of International Relations and has formerly served as Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is widely recognized as one the leading authorities on African economic history. His book, A Modern Economic History of Africa, won the 1994 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, the continent's most prestigious book award. In 1998 he recieved Special Commendation of the Noma Award for Manufacturing African Studies and Crises. He is also the recipient of Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Over the years, Zeleza has also established himself as a leading intellectual historian of Africa, with influential publications on the development of ideas and higher education institutions. His scholarly output and reputation also extends to gender studies, human rights studies, and diaspora studies. In 2003 he was appointed by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) to a nine-member advisory board to oversea the publication of "Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World", a research study issued to mark the 10th Anniversary of, and assess progress since, the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in September 1995.

He is currently working on a project, "Africa and Its Diasporas: Dispersals and Linkages" that seeks to trace the dispersal of African peoples globally (Asia, Europe, and the Americas), the formation of African diasporas in different world regions, and the linkages established between these diasporas and Africa over the centuries. The project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is currently Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Visit Paul Tiyambe Zeleza's blog here..

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