The university: its relevance and legitimacy to the community in East Africa

Some remarks on problems facing the dual nature of a university-localness and universality- with special reference to East Africa: 1. ‘The quest for relevance’ deals with the debate whether the British model (Oxbridge) was the best that could h have been provided, and whether a ‘typically African university’ will emerge when the British and American midwives and nannies have left for home; 2. ‘Crisis of legitimacy’ deals with a crisis that universities today face viz. their existence has to be jusified; 3. ‘Student power’ deals with the feel African students have, on the whole, that they have been too pliant, and that it is high time they recognize their responsibilities to humanity.

Title: The university: its relevance and legitimacy to the community in East Africa
Author: Iconoclastes
Year: 1968
Periodical: East Africa Journal
Volume: 5
Issue: 12
Pages: 7-10
Language: English
Geographic term: East Africa
Subject: universities
Abstract: Some remarks on problems facing the dual nature of a university-localness and universality- with special reference to East Africa: 1. ‘The quest for relevance’ deals with the debate whether the British model (Oxbridge) was the best that could h have been provided, and whether a ‘typically African university’ will emerge when the British and American midwives and nannies have left for home; 2. ‘Crisis of legitimacy’ deals with a crisis that universities today face viz. their existence has to be jusified; 3. ‘Student power’ deals with the feel African students have, on the whole, that they have been too pliant, and that it is high time they recognize their responsibilities to humanity.