Higher education has recently been recognized as a key driver for societal growth in the Global South and capacity building of African universities is now widely included in donor policies. The question is; how do capacity building projects affect African universities, researchers and students? Universities and their scientific knowledges are often seen to have universal qualities; therefore, capacity building may appear straight forward.
Higher Education and Capacity Building in Africa contests such universalistic notions. Inspired by ideas about the ‘geography of scientific knowledge’ it explores what role specific places and relationships have in knowledge production, and analyses how cultural experiences are included and excluded in teaching and research. Thus, the different chapters show how what constitutes legitimate scientific knowledge is negotiated and contested. In doing so, the chapters draw on discussions about the hegemony of Western thought in education and knowledge production. The authors’ own experiences with higher education capacity building and knowledge production are discussed and used to contribute to the reflexive turn and rise of auto-ethnography.
This book is a valuable resource for researchers and postgraduate students in education, development studies, African studies and human geography, as well as anthropology and history.
1. Why study higher education and capacity building in Africa? An introduction Hanne Kirstine Adriansen, Lene Møller Madsen and Stig Jensen 2. Do ‘African’ universities exist? Setting the scene Stig Jensen, Hanne Kirstine Adriansen and Lene Møller Madsen Part I: Capacity building of African universities – asymmetrical power relations? 3. Dilemmas of knowledge production in Ugandan Universities Michael Whyte and Susan Whyte 4. Collaborative education across continents: lessons from a partnership on sustainable resource management education Bevlyne Sithole, Torben Birch-Thomsen, Ole Mertz, Trevor Hill, Thilde Bech Bruun and Thuita Thenya 5. The Confucius Institute at the University of Zambia: a new direction in the internationalisation of African higher education? Peter Kragelund and Godfrey Hampwaye Part II: Researching and teaching climate change in Africa – whose reality counts? 6. Power of knowledge under changing conditions: lessons from a Sahelian village under climate change Jonas Østergaard Nielsen, Marie Ladekjær Gravesen and Stig Jensen 7. Producing scientific knowledge in Africa today: auto-ethnographic insights from a climate change researcher Hanne Kirstine Adriansen, Muhammad Mehmood-Ul-Hassan and Cheikh Mbow 8. Negotiating scientific knowledge about climate change: enhancing research capacity through PhD-students Lene Møller Madsen and Thomas Theis Nielsen Part III Creating and using academic knowledge in Africa – decolonising research? 9. My knowledge, your knowledge, whose knowledge is it? Reflections from a researcher’s journey through universities in North and South Bevlyne Sithole 10. Creating an African university: struggling for a transformational curriculum in apartheid South Africa Rajani Naidoo, Hanne Kirstine Adriansen and Lene Møller Madsen 11. African Universities and rights in African polities, cultures and communities: Africanising universal knowledge? Fergus Kerrigan Conclusion 12. Dilemmas and paradoxes of capacity building in African higher education: concluding remarks Lene Møller Madsen, Stig Jensen and Hanne Kirstine Adriansen