by: World Bank
The training and development of human capital in Sub-Saharan Africa
(SSA) will help countries in the region diversify their economies,
carry out economic transformation, and support sustainable growth.
Higher education plays a key role in training qualified individuals who
will be able to implement new technologies and use innovative methods
to establish cost-efficient and effective enterprises and institutions.
However, in order for SSA to reap the benefits of this investment in
human capital, higher education institutions must secure financing to
provide quality training and sound professional prospects to their
Currently, tertiary education development is
unsustainable—resources per student are declining and the quality
of education is affected. These issues are particularly pressing in
times of financial global crisis, when available resources for tertiary
education tend to diminish. The impact of the crisis that started in
2008 provides a clear illustration of the need to explore innovative
ways to diversify and secure financing for higher education in SSA.
Financing Higher Education in Africa provides a comprehensive
overview of higher education financing in SSA. The book begins with an
explanation of the fundamental problems faced by higher education
institutions and students in SSA, namely the combined pressure of a
rapid growth in demand and a growing scarcity of public resources, and
it presents the dramatic consequences of these trends on quality. The
book then turns to analyzing and comparing the current funding policies
in SSA countries and it provides recommendations for improvement.
Finally, the book examines the alternatives to the status quo and the
policy tools needed to both diversify resources and allocate them based
on performance. It will be of great interest to governments,
universities, research institutions, and international organizations
throughout the region.
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 lbs (0.32 kgs)
Customers who bought this title also purchased...