International Review of Education

, Volume 61, Issue 4, pp 567–568 | Cite as

Community engagement in African universities: Perspectives, prospects and challenges

By Julia Preece, Peggy Gabo Ntseane, Oitshepile MmaB Modise and Mike Osborne (eds). NIACE, Leicester, 2012, 238 pp., ISBN 978-1-86201-599-9 (pbk); ISBN 978-1-86201-601-9 (e-PUB); ISBN 978-1-86201-600-2 (e-PDF)
  • R. Murray ThomasEmail author
Book Review

In 1960, a group of twenty European and North American nations formed the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). By 2015, OECD membership had increased to thirty-four countries, primarily in Europe and North America but with a few members in other regions of the world (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Israel and Turkey). In 2002, OECD created the PASCAL International Observatory to expand its work on “learning regions and cities” of OECD members. (PASCAL is an acronym for Place And Social Capital And Learning.)

However, PASCAL’s efforts have not been limited to OECD member-nations, but have extended to other countries as well, as illustrated in this book, Community Engagement in African Universities. The intent of the book was to demonstrate ways in which universities in African nations have engaged directly in the social, economic and cultural development of the cities and regions in which the universities were located.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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