Book launch of 'Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education'

European launch of a seminal book on the change dynamics in African higher education entitled "Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education" edited by Nico Cloete, Peter Maassen, Tracey Bailey

African Minds

We would like to invite you to the European launch of a seminal book on the change dynamics in African higher education entitled "Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education". The book is presenting the main findings of a multi-year research project covering eight African countries, funded by US Foundations, including Carnegie, Ford, and Hewlett Packard, NORAD, the South African Research Council, and other agencies.

We are pleased to announce that UiO's rector Professor Ole Petter Ottersen will open the launch on 16 June, at 10:00 in the large meeting room (rom 2531), second floor, Georg Sverdrups Hus, UiO. He will address the invitees about UiO's strategic cooperation with higher education institutions in Africa. He will also formally accept a copy of the book. After that the book and its underlying research work will be introduced by the book's main authors Nico Cloete (CHET, University of Western Cape, South Africa) and Peter Maassen (UiO).

A limited number of paperback copies of the book will be available at the launch.

About the book

Large parts of Africa are experiencing a remarkable period of development in three core areas, that is, social progress, economic growth, and knowledge production. This volume brings together excellent scholarship and innovative policy-oriented research to demonstrate the essential role of higher education and research in the further development of Africa. The analysis of knowledge production in African higher education published in this book is based on the research of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) project coordinated by the South African Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET). The project covered the following countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The book is endorsed by a number of prominent scholars and university leaders, as illustrated by the following quotes:

"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

"This book addresses an important topic, presents an interesting approach and in-depth analysis leading to concrete recommendations. It offers a critical overview of eight flagship universities in Africa, and proposes key strategic goals that allow university leadership and government agencies to measure progress and to identify key areas for further investment and transformation. This book is timely when Africa is rethinking higher education, and a must-read for all African higher education leaders and government agencies on the continent." - Lidia Brito, UNESCO Regional Director for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean and Former Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Mozambique.

 We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

For more information on the book launch and the HERANA project cooperation between UiO, CHET, and the HERANA network, please contact:

Professor Peter Maassen

Department of Education

Faculty of Education Sciences

Ph. +47 22844122



Published June 15, 2015 1:08 PM - Last modified Dec. 13, 2018 10:49 AM