African students’ perceptions of democracy and student leadership


African students’ perceptions of democracy and student leadership

On the upside, African students consider their student leadership as politically engaged and responsive to the needs of students; on the downside, perceptions of leadership corruption already start at university level. These are among the findings of surveys conducted in 2009 by HERANA at the University of Nairobi, University of Dar es Salaam and University of Cape Town.

Overall, the studies show that students' political attitudes are highly supportive of democracy in their countries and that they want to be involved in determining key decisions in their institutions. Moreover, they want a student leadership that is representative and democratically chosen, one which keeps their ears on the ground, listens to students' needs, reports back to them, and is accountable.

These are the findings of the CHET HERANA study on the relationship between higher education and democracy in Africa. The findings are available in Thierry Luescher’s presentation Student Perceptions of Student Leadership: Involved, Responsive, Corrupt: Evidence from HERANA Higher Education & Democracy Studies at the University of Nairobi, University of Cape Town and University of Dar es Salaam.

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