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Profits and pragmatism: The commercial lives of market universities in Kenya and Uganda

Munene, Ishmael (2015) Profits and pragmatism: The commercial lives of market universities in Kenya and Uganda. Sage Open, 5 (4). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2158-2440

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The increased commercialization of higher education is a theme that has attracted considerable global attention. In response to changes in traditional sources of funding, many universities, public and private, have opted to source revenue from the marketplace. This article delves into the complexities of the entry into the marketplace by Kenyan and Ugandan universities. The local and international impetus for this movement in both countries and not in Tanzania are discussed, the perverseness and limits of commercialization delineated, and the positive and negative consequences of commercialization chronicled, all within the shifting global paradigm of higher education development. The Kenyan and Ugandan context cautions that ensuring a healthy mix between entry into the marketplace and the retention of the core mission of universities remains a critical challenge for governments and university administrators.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.1177/2158244015612519
Keywords: bad market, good market, Kenya, Uganda, university marketization, university privatization
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Education > Educational Leadership
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 16:26
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2611

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