10 December 2015

New book about the role of higher education and its effect on societal growth in Africa highlights capacity building of African Universities

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A new book entitled "Higher Education and Capacity Building in Africa" which has been co-edited by Lene Møller Madsen, Associate Professor at Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, includes contributions by researchers from several departments at the University’s Faculty of Science. Book launch on 7 January 2016.

Higher education has recently been recognized as a key driver for societal growth in the Global South and capacity building of African universities is now widely included in donor policies. The question is; how do capacity building projects affect African universities, researchers and students? Universities and their scientific knowledges are often seen to have universal qualities; therefore, capacity building may appear straight forward.

"Higher Education and Capacity Building in Africa" contests such universalistic notions. Inspired by ideas about the ‘geography of scientific knowledge' it explores what role specific places and relationships have in knowledge production, and analyses how cultural experiences are included and excluded in teaching and research. Thus, the different chapters show how what constitutes legitimate scientific knowledge is negotiated and contested. In doing so, the chapters draw on discussions about the hegemony of Western thought in education and knowledge production.

Researchers from several departments at SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen, has contributed to the book, with their own experiences with higher education capacity building and knowledge production are discussed and used to contribute to the reflexive turn and rise of auto-ethnography.

This book is a valuable resource for researchers and postgraduate students in education, development studies, African studies and human geography, as well as anthropology and history

If you have any questions, please forward those to Lene Møller Madsen, lmmadsen@ind.ku.dk, Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen