The Public dimensions of the university in Africa

Sall, Ebrima; Lebeau, Yann and Kassimir, Ron (2003). The Public dimensions of the university in Africa. Journal of Higher Education in Africa, 1(1) pp. 126–148.



This paper's principal purpose is to explore the range ofways in which African universities act as
public institutions-i.e., how both are shaped by and influence the social, political, and economic
contexts in which they are situated. In particular, we consider the multiple dimensions, often
resulting in tensions in contexts of poverty and instability, of the African university as an actor in
politics, civil society, and the public sphere and as a key institution in the expectations and the
strategies of a range of actors, groups, and constituencies.

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