Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 21st Century – Pedagogy, Research and Community-Engagement: Call for Book Chapters Book

Book Overview
The higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa has been undergoing massive disruption, marked with a far-reaching drastic transformation of teaching, learning and research since its establishment in the post-colonial era to the 21st century. These disruptions are brought about by a widespread global demand for neoliberal educational policy reforms, particularly on the issues of global quality standards in pedagogy, research, compliance and accountability, student mobility and massification of educational offerings. Further, the permeation of distributed, mobile, ubiquitous and enterprise digital learning technologies into the learning and teaching spaces have challenged the traditional functions of the sector and its core identity. The rapid transformation and expectations put on the higher education sector by various stakeholders have continued to put immense pressure on the sector, in addition to shrinking budgets in a globally competitive marketplace.
The current book contributes to the growing importance of understanding the regional and global perspectives on the development and the challenges the higher education sector is facing in the era of globalisation, pandemic and digitisation. The volume focuses on the critical aspects of the higher education sector in the global south, with a particular emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. It brings together empirical, theoretical and philosophical perspectives from researchers in some of the highly ranked universities in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world. Also, the book highlights the sector’s historical essential stages of growth and development, and the contemporary challenges it faces in aligning its goals and capacity globally, during many problems, and maintaining its role in regional and international development.
Topics covered in the book will include:
o The evolution of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa
o The identity of higher education in Africa
o Higher Education as a field of study
o Academic development in universities in Africa
o Globalisation, neoliberal policies and politics in higher education in Africa
o International development and aid towards the higher education sector
o Critical and emancipatory pedagogies
o Global ranking and the position of African Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa
o Governance and leadership of higher education in Africa
o Challenges and opportunities for community-engaged learning in African Universities
o Decentralisation in Higher Education Institutions
o Effects and impact of Covid-19 on the higher education sector
o Digitisation of learning and teaching in higher education in Africa
o Remote, distance and blended learning modalities
o Social media and open educational resources (OERs) in African universities
o Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Africa
o Perspectives on the development of AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) in higher education in Africa
o The Future of the higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa
o 15th August 2020 to 25th September  2020—submission of abstracts of chapters. Please note an abstract needs to state the aim(s) and objective(s) of the chapter  and possibility a tentative outline of the chapter or themes that will be covered (500-700 words)
o 25th October 2020—abstracts review outcomes sent to potential contributors
o 10th January 2021—full chapter submission to editors and sent for peer-review
o 20th February 2021—Results of peer-review of chapters sent to authors
o 15th March 2021—submission of accepted revised chapters to the editors
o 20th May 2021—submission of the complete book to the publisher
Publisher: Springer
Book Editors
Ben Daniel, Associate Professor and Head of Department
Higher Education Development Centre
University of Otago | Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo
65/75 Union Place West, Dunedin | Ōtepoti
New Zealand | Aotearoa
Ronald Bisaso, Associate Professor & Dean
East African School of Higher Education Studies & Development
College of Education and External Studies
Makerere University.
Office: Room 119, Curriculum Building
Kampala, Uganda
Interested authors are invited to submit chapter abstract(s) to the emails below: