Higher Education Policy

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 313–332

Market Model of Financing Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Examples from Kenya

  • Moses O Oketch

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300024

Cite this article as:
Oketch, M. High Educ Policy (2003) 16: 313. doi:10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300024


This paper examines some of the rationales for financial diversification and partial privatization of state universities in Kenya and the different manifestations of market-driven approaches to university education. It highlights the financial diversification activities at Kenya's state universities and raises key questions: Will the market model through financial diversification be able to creatively address the challenges of increased demand for higher education while ensuring that quality is maintained in Kenya's higher education 2 years form? Or will the market model lead to increased enrollment, providing quantity-driven education full of credentials but little academic value in terms of quality? Will students graduate with degrees without learning? Or will students graduate with both? How does the market model define students — are they clients, customers, or students?


education finance economics of education kenya marketization of education university education 

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© International Association of Universities 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Moses O Oketch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LeadershipPolicy, and Organizations, Peabody College, Box 514, Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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