Look to African models to fund higher education, says Harvard academic in SA
Harvard’s new Centre of African Studies in Rosebank aims to lower barriers to research for African and international scholars
SA needs to look at models and methods deployed by other African states to decolonise and fund higher education, according to a Harvard professor of African history. Emmanuel Akyeampong was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the university’s first Centre of African Studies. Located in Rosebank, Johannesburg, the centre aims to explore perspectives and experiences from across the continent, including fostering collaboration and lowering barriers to research for African and international scholars. The clamour for decolonising education was thrust into the public domain by the Fees Must Fall student protests when students across the country’s universities called for reform and the radical inclusion of African experiences and research to curricula. Akyeampong, who is also faculty director of the newly launched centre, said SA was finally catching up to this conversation, which has been a continental hot topic since the 1960s. Akyeampong said across the continent universities were fa...
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