Analyzes twelve strategic planning efforts in higher education in eight countries in Asia and Africa.
Drawing on over fifty years of on-the-ground experience, Fred M. Hayward's Transforming Higher Education in Asia and Africa analyzes change processes in higher education in eight Asian and African countries. The twelve cases range from the push to upgrade and transform higher education in Afghanistan in the midst of a war, to the successful struggle against apartheid in South African institutions, as well as thwarted efforts in Sierra Leone and Madagascar. Providing both practical lessons learned and hope for communities globally, Hayward demonstrates that higher education change and even transformation, which is more fundamental and structural, can occur even in the most difficult environments. Successful transformation requires well-crafted strategic and budget plans with careful implementation, monitoring, and effective leadership at multiple levels. Yet also critical are a commitment to human development, a desire for freedom and belief in democracy, and recognition that high-quality higher education is essential to national development.
A former professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Fred M. Hayward is a specialist in higher education and comparative politics in the developing world.
"This book provides detailed and informative accounts of system transformation, policymaking, leadership, and development in several developing countries. These areas are largely neglected in the literature. It also provides an account of the value of coordination and planning in developing effective higher education systems and institutions. It is clear that the author has long experience and expertise in the topics and regions addressed. " — Brendan Cantwell, Michigan State University