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ERIC Number: EJ837411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
World University Rankings in a Market-Driven Knowledge Society: Implications for African Universities
Obasi, Isaac N.
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v6 n1 May 2008
The ranking of universities today is traceable to the pioneer efforts of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in 1970 when it started the classification of US Colleges and Universities. But the present-day ranking of universities in a form of league table at national levels was started in 1983 by the US News and World Report, and was later followed in 1993 by The Times of London that concentrated on institutions in the United Kingdom. This paper argues that such ranking of universities at national levels (and until very recently at the international level), was a logical outcome of the functional transformation of universities towards meeting the demands of a global knowledge economy that ushered in a new era (or paradigm) of 'academic capitalism'. The paper further contends that universities in Africa are as usual at the crossroads in the face of the challenges posed by the world university rankings that confront them with a double tragedy of experiencing a 'mission in crisis' and "crisis of mission". The way towards resolving this policy dilemma is explored in this paper. (Contains 5 tables and 4 notes. Contains a bibliography.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa