ISBN 9781920677039
Pages 120
Dimensions 234 x 256mm
Published 2014
Publisher African Minds Publishers, South Africa
Format Paperback

Higher Education in Portuguese Speaking African Countries

by Patrício Vitorino Langa

This publication is the result of a baseline study of the state of the higher education systems in the five Portuguese speaking countries in Africa (PALOP): Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. The project was undertaken by an African international expert in the field of higher education studies and was fully sponsored and supported by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). The report offers a historical overview of the development of higher education in PALOP from colonial times to the present. The main objective of this baseline study is to map the landscape and dynamics of change in the higher education systems of PALOP countries. It focuses on describing the latest developments of trends of expansion, financing, governance and policy reforms closely linked to the development of higher education systems in these countries. Furthermore, the study will facilitate an informed debate and the dissemination of knowledge on the role of higher education for development in Africa.

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"As the evidence from this study shows, Africa, in particular sub-Saharan Africa, comprises some of the poorest nations in the world and therefore desperately needs strong higher education systems that can assist in its rapid development. It is widely acknowledged that higher education plays a key role in the economic, scientific, social and human development of any country, and that the economically strongest nations are those with the best performing higher education sectors. Higher education, as the producer of knowledge and knowledge workers, is assuming an even more important role with the realisation that knowledge, not natural resources, is the key to Africa’s sustainable development."

Alice Sena Lamptey, ADEA

About the Author

Patrício Vitorino Langa

Patrício Vitorino Langa is assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, where he coordinates inter alia the Masters programme in higher education studies and development (MHESD). Dr Langa is the founder and Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Development (CESD) in Maputo and the current president of the Mozambican Sociological Association (AMS). He is also the National Director for external evaluation in the National Council for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (CNAQ) and board member in the National Council of Higher Education (CNES) in Mozambique. His key research interests are in the areas of epistemology, sociology of (higher) education, social theory and higher education, higher education policy studies and higher education and development.

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