Academic journal article African Studies Review

From the Editors

Academic journal article African Studies Review

From the Editors

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This issue of the ASR brings to the members of the African Studies Association two key documents that lie at the heart of our association's Higher Education Initiative. In 2001, the Rockefeller Foundation funded the planning stages of our association's project to examine closely the state of higher education in Africa. This initiative had two objectives. First, the ASA wanted to stimulate new intellectual research and debate on this issue of global importance, and second, the ASA aimed to take practical steps toward improved academic partnerships in which African scholars and practitioners set the agenda and foreign scholars and researchers work with them to meet new education challenges in both Africa and the U.S.

The Rockefeller grant stimulated a number of initiatives, and the ASA commissioned two major reports that were presented in December 2002 at the ASA's annual meeting in Washington. We are pleased to see them published in the ASR The first paper, by Dr. Akilagpa Sawyerr, former Rector of the University of Ghana at Legon and Research Director of the Association of African Universities, examines the contexts, challenges, and crises within which modern African universities have developed after independence. The second report, Grafted by Joel Samoff and Bidemi Carrol of Stanford University, details the nature and extent of emergent external support for African higher education and the kinds of partnerships that have engaged African tertiary institutions recently. …

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