The African Experience with Higher Education

By J. F. Ade Ajayi, Lameck K. H. Goma, and G. Ampah Johnson

“This is a serious, solid book which covers the issues, problems and weaknesses of the African University with honesty, frankness and a certain toughmindedness … it is obviously intended as a plea to African universities and their staff and students, and to governments and politicians to set aside power struggles that are destroying the African universities from both the inside and the outside."

Clive Wake, former Secretary to the Committee of Vice-Chancellors, London

There have been institutions of higher learning for centuries in Africa, but the phenomenal growth has taken place in the last fifty years, first in the later days of colonialism and then in the heady days of independence and commodity boom. Without them, there would have been no development.

The three highly distinguished authors have written the first comprehensive assessment of universities and higher education in Africa south of the Sahara. As can be seen from their biographies, they draw on experience from both francophone and anglophone Africa and from teaching in both the sciences and the arts.

J. F. Ade Ajayi is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Ibadan, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Lameck K. H. Goma, a graduate of Fort Hare, taught Zoology at Makerere and Legon and is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia.

G. Ampah Johnson taught Biology at the University of Abidjan and is founding Rector of the University of Benin.

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Retail price: $28.95, S.
Release date: Sep. 1996
292 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights:World (exclusive in Americas, and Philippines) except British Commonwealth, Continental Europe, and United Kingdom


Retail price: $55.00, S.
Release date: Sep. 1996
288 pages · 5¾ × 8¼ in.
Rights:World (exclusive in Americas, and Philippines) except British Commonwealth, Continental Europe, and United Kingdom


Release date: Sep. 1996
≅ 292 pages