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Higher education in Francophone Africa, with a focus on Côte d’Ivoire: From hope to disillusionment and proposals for a renewal to meet development challenges

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In the early 1960s, when many African countries became independent, ambitious objectives were assigned to African universities to become key instruments for national development. Consequently, from the 1960s to the 1980s, an impressive system of higher education institutions was created in francophone Sub-Saharan African countries. This system, which included Universities, Engineering Schools and Inter-State Schools, trained numerous quality professionals who constitute today’s ruling classes in these countries. The rapid growth of quality higher education institutions in Africa created a real hope about the role that the educational system should play in the economic, social, and cultural development of the continent.
However, since the 1980s, under the combination of a significant demographic growth, severe economic crisis, structural adjustment plans, Higher Education in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa has been challenged by a number of internal as well as external constraints. As a consequence, Higher Education has seen its image gradually tarnished, and lost the confidence it initially enjoyed from all stakeholders, including decision-makers, employers, parents and even students.
In this presentation, we will first show how Higher Education in francophone Sub-Saharan African countries, and mainly in Côte d’Ivoire, has evolved from hope to disillusionment. Then we will suggest new higher education models that will help African countries meet current and future development challenges.
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Touré, Saliou. "Higher education in Francophone Africa, with a focus on Côte d’Ivoire: From hope to disillusionment and proposals for a renewal to meet development challenges" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494354_index.html>

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Touré, S. "Higher education in Francophone Africa, with a focus on Côte d’Ivoire: From hope to disillusionment and proposals for a renewal to meet development challenges" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494354_index.html

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Abstract: In the early 1960s, when many African countries became independent, ambitious objectives were assigned to African universities to become key instruments for national development. Consequently, from the 1960s to the 1980s, an impressive system of higher education institutions was created in francophone Sub-Saharan African countries. This system, which included Universities, Engineering Schools and Inter-State Schools, trained numerous quality professionals who constitute today’s ruling classes in these countries. The rapid growth of quality higher education institutions in Africa created a real hope about the role that the educational system should play in the economic, social, and cultural development of the continent.
However, since the 1980s, under the combination of a significant demographic growth, severe economic crisis, structural adjustment plans, Higher Education in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa has been challenged by a number of internal as well as external constraints. As a consequence, Higher Education has seen its image gradually tarnished, and lost the confidence it initially enjoyed from all stakeholders, including decision-makers, employers, parents and even students.
In this presentation, we will first show how Higher Education in francophone Sub-Saharan African countries, and mainly in Côte d’Ivoire, has evolved from hope to disillusionment. Then we will suggest new higher education models that will help African countries meet current and future development challenges.


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