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Issues and Challenges in Cross-Border in Higher Education: The Sub-Saharan (SSA) Experience

Nkechi Okoli
Educational Foundations, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
American Journal of Educational Research. 2013, 1(1), 12-16. DOI: 10.12691/education-1-1-3
Published online: August 25, 2017


This study focuses on the poor and deteriorating quality of education in the Third World countries in relation to Cross-border in higher education (CBHE), as a result of colonisation and globalisation. By whatever standards, be they macroeconomic or social variable, the situation has been precipitous retrogression. Debt servicing obligation is on the increase. The subject is approached by application of conceptual analysis of colonialism, human capital theories, globalisation, and internationalisation. The emerging issues of participation, mobility, the growth of private institutions, finance & quality and consequent challenges in area of digital divide, etc on the region are historically analysed. Findings reveal that participation and mobility are lopsided, Africa’s talented brains are selected; they leave and never come back. Private institutions are on the increase and exorbitant fees are charged. Inequalities loom, only the rich send their children to school. The paper recommends accommodation of countries not benefiting from CBHE.


Cross-border in Higher Education (CBHE), Issues and Challenges, Colonialism, Globalisation, Sub-Saharan Africa
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