Mamdani calls for a genuine revolution: shifting "vocational" courses to community colleges and making Makerere a research university serving national needs. Mamdani convicts Makerere's leaders of destroying the devotion to academic excellence that survived tyrannies and wars in the 1970s and 1980s by capitulating to the World Bank in the 1990s. [...] Mamdani has revised the final chapter, eliminating a technical discussion of cost analysis and writing new sections.
Book Reviews 215 EDuCATION Mahmood Mamdani. Scholars in the Marketplace: The Dilemmas of Neo-Lib- eral Reform at Makerere University, 1989–2005. Dakar: CODESRIA, 2007. Dis- tributed in the U.S. by Michigan State University Press. xvi + 296 pp. Tables. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. $24.95. Paper. In 1999 a World Bank report lauded reforms at Makerere University as a “quiet revolution.” Mahmood Mamdani disagrees. After analyzing internal documents and interviewing staff, he condemns Makerere’s embrace of a crudely defined “market” as mere “commercialization” encouraged by a government eager to abandon its own responsibility for public higher edu- cation. “Vocational” programs proliferate for which Makerere lacks both space and qualified staff. Mamdani calls for a genuine revolution: shift- ing “vocational” courses to community colleges and making Makerere a research university serving national needs. While peculiar to Makerere in its details, this study may provide insights to managers and staff in other African universities. Mamdani convicts Makerere’s leaders of destroying the devotion to aca- demic excellence that survived tyrannies and wars in the 1970s and 1980s by capitulating to the World Bank in the 1990s. He is uniquely qualified for his task: at once an insider (a former staff member) and an outsider (a profes- sor at Columbia University). Working with Makerere colleagues who had access to vast quantities of data unavailable to outsiders, he remained free of the all
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