The incalculable promise of the african continent: Higher education rising to the occasion

Charl C. Wolhuter, Alexander W. Wiseman

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Africa's unique social contexts play a transformative role in the development of higher education throughout the continent. As a geographic giant endowed with substantial natural resources and a growing population, Africa is a dynamic - albeit diverse - world player, and amidst the political pacification and democratization of the continent, is also unfolding as an increasingly strong economic force in the world. These many factors contextualize the history and position of higher education in Africa as well. Despite rapid growth in recent years, higher education in Africa is less developed than anywhere else in the world. Major challenges include expanding participation in higher education, poor infrastructure, isolation from society and communities, internationalization and regional cooperation, and aligning the world of education with the world of work. The chapters in this volume are presented within this framework, with the intention that this volume will contribute to the scholarly discourse guiding the development of higher education in Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Development of Higher Education in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationProspects and Challenges
EditorsAlexander Wiseman, Charl Wolhuter
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
ISSN (Print)1479-3679


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