IV.2 Knowledge, engagement and higher education in Africa


Africa’s wide diversity of culture, language, socioeconomic conditions, climate, politics and history is reflected in the diversity found in its multiple community–university engagement (CUE) approaches. African scholarship has an ancient and diverse multiethnic base that has been impacted by the historical forces of slavery and colonialism. Recent shifts from regarding communities as ‘beneficiaries’ to a view of ‘equal collaborative partnership’ between communities and universities are beginning to gain momentum and to yield mutually beneficial outcomes.

Shirley Walters and George Openjuru
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  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government