Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(6), pp. 525-536, June 2012         
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The role of higher education funding in national development

J. Anitha Menon* PhD

Department of Psychology, University of Zambia, P.O.Box 32379, Lusaka, Zambia


Received 17 May, 2012; Accepted 13 June, 2012


The role of the university in national development is the subject of much discussion in Africa today. History shows that most African nations established at least one national university immediately after independence. The major purpose for establishing universities was for the institutions to play a pioneering role in addressing issues of national interest. Higher education institutions have a mandate to be proactive in addressing social issues and this not only requires commitment but also resources. Higher Education findings have often been instrumental in kick starting such efforts through higher education training. The challenges faced by universities to contribute effectively to national development can be supplemented by external funding. This is demonstrated through two case studies of externally funded higher education projects at the University of Zambia.


Keywords: High Education, Funding, National Development.

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