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Scholars in the Marketplace. The Dilemmas of Neo-Liberal Reform at Makerere University, 1989-2005

The Dilemmas of Neo-Liberal Reform at Makerere University, 1989-2005

Mahmood Mamdani

Publication Year: 2007

Scholars in the Marketplace is a case study of market-based reforms at Uganda's Makerere University. With the World Bank heralding neoliberal reform at Makerere as the model for the transformation of higher education in Africa, it has implications for the whole continent. At the global level, the Makerere case exemplifies the fate of public universities in a market-oriented and capital friendly era. The Makerere reform began in the 1990s and was based on the premise that higher education is more of a private than a public good. Instead of pitting the public against the private, and the state against the market, this book shifts the terms of the debate toward a third alternative than explores different relations between the two. The book distinguishes between privatisation and commercialisation, two processes that drove the Makerere reform. It argues that whereas privatisation (the entry of privately sponsored students) is compatible with a public university where priorities are publicly set, commercialisation (financial and administrative autonomy for each faculty to design a market-responsive curriculum) inevitably leads to a market determination of priorities in a public university. The book warns against commercialisation of public universities as the subversion of public institutions for private purposes.

Published by: African Books Collective

Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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List of Tables

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Preface and Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-xvi

This is a case study of market-based reform at a single university— Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. But the study also illuminates . . .

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Chapter One - The reform Process: The First Phase

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pp. 1-50

Uganda was exceptional among British twentieth century colonies to have a resident university. Makerere University, first established as a vocational . . .

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Chapter Two - Winners and Losers

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pp. 51-117

In the early 1990s, the Faculty of Arts represented the epicentre of the crisis in the University. Student applications to the Faculty were . . .

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Chapter Three - Commercialisation

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pp. 118-192

I have made a distinction between privatisation and commercialisation. Privatisation was an external relationship between the . . .

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Chapter Four - Decentralisation

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pp. 193-254

Decentralisation was central to the reform process from the outset. We have seen that this process unfolded in the context of dire . . .

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Conclusion - Higher Education and the Public University in an Independent Africa

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pp. 255-269

To appreciate the full significance of the Makerere reform, it is necessary to place it in a wider historical context. That context will allow . . .

Bibliography

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pp. 270-289

Index

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pp. 291-296

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9782869784192
Print-ISBN-13: 9782869782013

Page Count: 316
Publication Year: 2007