TOWARD BUILDING STRATEGIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY-SOCIETY PARTNERSHIPS IN AFRICA

Teklu Abate Bekele, José Cossa, Sharmistha Barat

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Abstract

In order to redefine the university-society relationship, African universities aspire to forge new partnerships with local, national, regional, and international actors. Employing a critical review of the literature and an analysis of the strategic plans of regional African organisations and African universities, this study explores the challenges and opportunities of creating strategic university-society partnerships in Africa. Against a backdrop of African universities fashioned after modernity, the study draws from (1) "Mode 2" knowledge production, "Mode 3" research, entrepreneurial university, and academic capitalism, (2) the helices models and epistemic cultures, (3) power dynamics in international negotiations over educational policy, and (4) uBuntu and Cosmo-uBuntu, to inspire African universities towards contextual relevance and significance. Furthermore, the study proposes a conceptual framework of strategic international university-society partnerships to inform policy making, strategic planning, and further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-115
Number of pages34
JournalModern Africa
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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