Kenya and Uganda

Eva Brodin, Hesborn Wao, Consolata Kabonesa, Nelson Owuor

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In this chapter, we describe the post-colonial history of higher education (HE) in Kenya and Uganda to explain why domestic doctoral education is still at a young stage in both countries. We present their national HE frameworks, and thereafter focus on local policy and practice in two public universities: Makerere University in Uganda and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Our results are informed by university policies and the experiences of staff members. In both countries, the expected length of full-time PhD studies is three years. In Kenya, there are national regulations for doctoral examination. In Uganda, such regulations are instead found at the local level. In both cases, the student needs consent before submitting the thesis for examination. The thesis is assessed by two internal examiners and one external examiner (usually from outside the university), who all need to hold a PhD themselves. In both cases, the thesis is defended in a public viva voce, and thereafter revisions of the thesis may be required. There are some differences though. For instance, in Kenya, a student either passes or fails the PhD examination, while in Uganda, examiners usually use grades for assessment.
Titel på värdpublikationDoctoral Examination
Undertitel på värdpublikationExploring Practice Across the Globe
RedaktörerVijay Kumar, Stan Taylor, Sharon Sharmini
ISBN (elektroniskt)9781003197706
ISBN (tryckt)978-1-032-05477-3
StatusPublished - 2022

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