Africanizing the African university

The two-fold need for independence and relevance can be summarized in the terms ‘Africanization’ or ‘localization’. The most urgent suggestions for Africanization of the universities are: 1. the establishment of national Research Councils which will determine research directions and fund African scholars; 2. the granting of scholarships to African students for advanced study so that they can replace expatriate staff; 3. the improving of the reward system to induce talented Africans to go into university teaching instead of business or government; 4. the localizing of curriculum especially through African language studies and the production of ‘applied’ materials; 5. experimentation with all forms of curricular adaptation to the African scene. Notes.

Title: Africanizing the African university
Author: Adams, Bert N.
Year: 1975
Periodical: Africa Today
Volume: 22
Issue: 3
Pages: 51-59
Language: English
Geographic term: Africa
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/4185521
Abstract: The two-fold need for independence and relevance can be summarized in the terms ‘Africanization’ or ‘localization’. The most urgent suggestions for Africanization of the universities are: 1. the establishment of national Research Councils which will determine research directions and fund African scholars; 2. the granting of scholarships to African students for advanced study so that they can replace expatriate staff; 3. the improving of the reward system to induce talented Africans to go into university teaching instead of business or government; 4. the localizing of curriculum especially through African language studies and the production of ‘applied’ materials; 5. experimentation with all forms of curricular adaptation to the African scene. Notes.