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17:30 - 19:00 9 November 2017

CEID SEMINAR SERIES - 2017/18. SEMINAR 2: Higher education and the public good in Africa


Jeffery Hall | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Elaine Unterhalter, Professor of Education & International Development, UCL Institute of Education
Professor Moses Oketch, Professor of International Education Policy, UCL Institute of Education

Higher education, inequality and the public good in four African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa.

Higher education has considerable potential for benefiting all segments of society, as evidenced by the renewal of interest in the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the relevance of higher education for the public good is contested and amenable to multiple interpretations. On the one hand, there are conceptions emerging from economics, defined as goods that are non-rivalrous and non-excludable, while on the other, there are more collectivist conceptions of public good in the singular, or ‘common good’, requiring deliberation and consensus building. This seminar focuses on two principal questions: first, is there a distinctively African notion of the public good in higher education? Second, how can the public good impact of higher education be measured? This seminar draws on the early phases of a three-year multi-country research study in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and SA.


William Nicholas
+44 (0) 207 612 6423 | ceid@ucl.ac.uk