ISBN 9781920677855
ePub ISBN 9781920677879
Pages 310
Dimensions 254 x 178mm
Published 2015
Publisher African Minds Publishers, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education

edited by Nico Cloete, Peter Maassen, Tracy Bailey

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"This volume brings together excellent scholarship and innovative policy discussion to demonstrate the essential role of higher education in the development of Africa and of the world at large. Based on deep knowledge of the university system in several African countries, this book will reshape the debate on development in the global information economy for years to come. It should be mandatory reading for academics, policy-makers and concerned citizens, in Africa and elsewhere.”

Manuel Castells, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley, Laureate of the Holberg Prize 2012 and of the Balzan Prize 2013

"The dominant global discourse in higher education now focuses on ‘world-class’ universities – inevitably located predominantly in North America, Europe and, increasingly, East Asia. The rest of the world, including Africa, is left to play ‘catch-up’. But that discourse should focus rather on the tensions, even contradictions, between ‘excellence’ and ‘engagement’ with which all universities must grapple. Here the African experience has much to offer the high-participation and generously resourced systems of the so-called ‘developed’ world. This book offers a critical review of that experience, and so makes a major contribution to our understanding of higher education.”

Sir Peter Scott, former editor of Times Higher Education and Professor of Higher Education Studies, University College London, Institute of Education

"...hands down the best book to come out of any “developing country” on higher education in the last five years.  It’s a collection of pieces edited by Nico Cloete and Peter Maassen from work in the HERANA project, which is itself a genius project."

About the Editors

Nico Cloete

Nico Cloete is the director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) in South Africa. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oslo, and extraordinary professor in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) at Stellenbosch University. He was general secretary of the Union of South African Democratic Staff Associations (UDUSA), and the research director of the South African National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE). Recent publications include Castells in Africa: Universities and Development.

Peter Maassen

Peter Maassen is currently Professor of Higher Education and Science Policy Studies in the Department of Education at the University of Oslo, and Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University. Previously, he has been a member of the Executive Board of the University College Oslo (2007–2011); the Acting Director at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente (1996–1999); and a visiting professor at various universities in Europe, Japan, Australia, the United States, Canada and South Africa.

Tracy Bailey

Tracy Bailey has been a Researcher and Project Manager for the Centre for Higher Education Transformation and HERANA since 2007. She holds a Master of Social Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, and is currently registered as a PhD candidate in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University.

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