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the research funds, particularly, through the various cooperation agreements, is still critical in setting the power
relations and dynamics between the African academics and
their counterparts. It is common to find calls from funding agencies that intend to promote partnerships between
Africa universities and their counterparts, making requirements demanding that the principal investigator should be
from the donor country. 'Who pays the piper calls the tune'
still applies considerably in the relationship between African scholars and their partners in Europe, the U.S. or Asia."
Another related problem, Langa says, is inadequate circulation of African academics within their own continent.

NAFSA's Role
NAFSA has supported African partnerships and capacity
building. NAFSA's Global Dialogue Fellowship Program,
launched in 2014, seeks to assist university leaders in
several sub-Saharan African countries to help increase
their institutions' international education capacity and
bring their expertise to university leaders in the United
States. One such 2015 Global Dialogue Fellowship features Anakalo Shitandi, director of research, extension,
and linkages at Kisii University, Kenya, and Charles Bankart, assistant vice provost in the Office of International
Programs at the University of Kansas (KU). In addition,
some sessions at the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference
addressed African higher education capacity and collaboration issues, including an open meeting of African
internationalization leaders moderated by AUI's Fishburn,
currently a member of NAFSA's International Education
Leadership Knowledge Community, a body of volunteers
responsible for coordinating the delivery of a comprehensive set of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities,
and resources for senior leaders around the world.

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region in the world that identifies risks with establishing
partnerships, given they involve mobility and the danger
of drain brain and, historically, have involved imposition
of the research dominance of the north upon the south
with a resulting educational system that ends up being a
Western curriculum of less use to Africa," Jowi says.
And many challenges in partnership efforts remain.
One such hole is simply tracking all the developments,
partnership and otherwise, in African HEIs, Langa says.
"The progress has been very slow in developing a robust
dataset on African higher education to serve the continent," Langa says. "As strange as it may sound, no one
currently can claim to know exactly and with confidence
how many universities there are in Africa. Notwithstanding this, the continent is being pushed for comparison in
league tables and university rankings. I would argue that
the scenario is even worse when considering capturing
the multiple partnerships and institutional engagements
of African universities with their counterparts elsewhere.
There is virtually no data."
More generally, development of a truly African higher
education sector remains a work in progress, Langa says.
Even areas that would theoretically be areas of strength
for African HEIs, such as African studies programs, sometimes are not, Langa says.
"As odd as it may sound, there are more centers of
African studies in Europe than those based on the African continent," Langa says. "There are more European
Africanist scholars in those centers than Africans. But
things are changing gradually. As the number of postgraduate programs (master's degrees and PhDs) increases in
the continent, the tendency is that African academics also
become independent scholars and researchers capable of
setting their own research agenda. However, the source of



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Frontlines
In Brief
Insights
Collaborating with Africa
Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
Foreign Student Affairs
In Focus
Going Social
Advice from the Field
Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
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