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Academic Freedom and the Social Responsibilities of Academics in Tanzania

Chachage Seithy L. Chachage

Publication Year: 2009

When the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics came up in the early 1990s, African higher-education systems were in a serious, multi-dimensional and long-standing crisis. Hand-in-hand with the imbalances and troubles that rocked and ruined African economies, the crisis in the academia was characterised by the collapse of infrastructures, inadequate teaching personnel and poor staff development and motivation. It was against this background that the questions of academic freedom and the responsibilities and autonomy of institutions of higher-learning were raised in the Dar es Salaam Declaration. In February 2005, the University of Dar es Salaam Staff Association (UDASA), in cooperation with CODESRIA, organised a workshop to bring together the staff associations of some public and private universities in Tanzania, in order to renew their commitment to the basic principles of the Dar es Salaam Declaration and its sister document - the Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility. The workshop was also aimed at re-invigorating the social commitment of African intellectuals. The papers included in this volume reflect the depth and potentials of the debates that took place during the workshop. The volume is published in honour of Chachage Seithy L. Chachage, who was an active part of the workshop but unfortunately passed away in 2006.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. iii-iv

Notes of Contributors

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pp. v-

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1. Introduction: Academic Freedom and the Social Responsibilities of Academics in Tanzania

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pp. 1-5

When the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics saw the light of day in the early 1990s, African higher education systems were in a serious, multidimensional and longstanding crisis. Hand-in-hand with the imbalances...

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2. Academic Freedom, Social Responsibility and the State of Academia in Tanzania: Glimpses of Nationalist Academics

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pp. 6-11

The concept of academic freedom emerged from the more general struggle for freedom of thought and expression, basic rights of any free society. Without academic freedom, scholars cannot perform their vital role of seeking and spreading new...

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3. Academic Freedom, the Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education and the Social Responsibility of Academics

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pp. 12-23

When I was first invited to present a paper on ‘Academic Freedom, the Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education and the Social Responsibility of Academics’ for a workshop on Academic Freedom, Social Responsibility and the State of...

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4. Implications of Privatisation and Marketisation of Higher Education for the Generation of Knowledge and Social Trasnformation

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pp. 24-31

The debate on privatisation is usually influenced by existing crises. Privatisation is usually prescribed as a non-problematic solution to an untenable situation. In such circumstances, any opposition to privatisation is portrayed as support for a system...

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5. The University as a Site of Knowledge: The Role of Basic Research

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pp. 32-51

On 30 April 2003, the then United States Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Robert V. Royall, was scheduled to inaugurate a USAID-funded modern transportation engineering laboratory on the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) main campus...

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6. The Obligation of the State and Communities in the Provision of Higher Education

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pp. 52-58

Higher education in Tanzania is said to be in crisis by many members of society. There have been demands for reforms by people from all walks of life, including many public figures. Recently, comments published in one of the newspapers...

Appendices

Proceedings of the Conference on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility

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pp. 61-76

Resolution on Academic Freedom and the Social Responsibilities of Academics adopted by the Academic Staff Associations of East Africa on 11 February 2005

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pp. 77-79

The Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility

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pp. 80-85

The Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics

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pp. 86-94

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9782869783836
Print-ISBN-13: 9782869782433

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2009