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    The African University as a Multinational Corporation

    Problems of Penetration and Dependency

    Ali A. Mazrui
    In recent years multinational corporations have been criticized for their exploitation of African economies as well as for their influence on African culture. In this article, the author argues that Western influence is expressed through another African institution— the university. For the author the university is an analogue to a multinational corporation: born as an extension of a metropolitan university whose direction and instructions come from a European country, the African university continues to serve other than African interests. The author describes the symbiotic relationship between education and economic development, and then outlines strategies for changing the university so it will foster cultural as well as economic independence in African nations.

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    Summer 1975 Issue

    Abstracts

    Introduction
    Nonformal Education and Occupational Stratification
    Implications for Latin America
    Thomas J. La Belle, Robert E. Verhine
    The African University as a Multinational Corporation
    Problems of Penetration and Dependency
    Ali A. Mazrui
    A Lesson from China
    Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Cultural Revolution at Wuhan University
    Joseleyne Slade Tien
    The Old Man and the Census
    Chinua Achebe
    Literary Colonialism
    Books in the Third World
    Philip G. Altbach
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