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Benchmarking Global Best Practices for Improving Higher Education Quality in Africa

Benchmarking Global Best Practices for Improving Higher Education Quality in Africa
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Author(s): Harrison Adewale Idowu (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 19
Source title: Quality Management Implementation in Higher Education: Practices, Models, and Case Studies
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Michael Sony (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia), Kochu Therisa Karingada (Dhempe College of Arts and Science, India) and Neeta Baporikar (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia & University of Pune, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9829-9.ch004

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Abstract

Given the deplorable state of higher education and the relatively poor attention given to education by African leaders and university administrators, the chapter interrogates global best practices in higher education and how Africa can key into this. Europe and the Asian Tigers, considered to have made significant progress in quality of higher education, are used as benchmarks for best practices in higher education. Relying on the review of extant relevant literature and document analysis, the chapter finds that practices such as massive inclusion of vocational and technical trainings in higher education curricula; increase budgetary allocations to higher education and policy implementation beyond mere formulation have impacted positively on higher education in Europe and among the Asian Tigers. As such, the chapter concludes that if Africa must make significant progress and improve on the quality of its higher education, it must begin to use these practices.

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