n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - African Renaissance and self-sustainable development : the challenge to African intellectuals : African Renaissance Critical Perspectives

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



I was invited here in particular because I've just completed a study of a case of institutional change at the University of Transkei (UNITRA). The organisers, I believe, wanted me to reflect on this experience and draw its implications for our discussion on the African Renaissance. <br>The conclusions I arrive at are fairly pessimistic. The African Renaissance is a noble idea, and my wish is that it is realised. But if I were a betting man, I would not put my money in it. The chances of it being realised are minimal, in particular because there is a chasm between the vision and the behaviour, decisions and political strategies of those who hold that vision. I am going to focus on one example of this, namely in higher education.

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