Africa Books: Managing and Transforming an African University: Personal Experience at Makerere University 1973-2004
by John Pancras Mukasa Ssebuwufu
CODESRIA, Dakar, 2017, 808pp
The book, Managing and Transforming an African University: Personal Experience at Makerere University by John Pancras Mukasa Ssebuwufu provides a vivid account of the author’s three decades at the institution (1973 to 2004) and an insight into the challenges of managing an African university.
Having been a former student and staff member, Mr. Ssebuwufu later became Makerere University’s eighth vice-chancellor.
The book is a rich blend of old and current history of Makerere University, and is a valuable addition to the literature on one Africa’s oldest and most enduring educational institutions and centres of excellence. The University was established in 1922 as a technical school by the department of education under the British Protectorate Government and was converted to a university in 1970.
Mr. Ssebuwufu’s book enriches the literature on achieving transformational leadership and sustainable development on the continent through innovation that enhances quality higher education.
With detailed descriptions of the various phases of higher education development in Makerere, the author adroitly links the past to the present. Mr. Ssebuwufu’s experience, sprinkled throughout the book, will fascinate scholars and managers of higher educational institutions in Africa and beyond.
The book is published by the Dakar-based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), which launched a Higher Education Leadership Programme six years ago with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
CODESRIA supports research networks, policy forums and publications to document and provide an understanding of transformations with regard to the governance and leadership of higher education institutions in Africa.