A Critical-Analytical Paper
Maria Kaguhangire-Barifaijo (PhD),
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Uganda Management Institute
CITATION: Barifaijo, K.M. (September, 2016), Higher Education-Community Partnerships: Extricating Value Addition: A Critical-Analytical Paper. International Journal of Social Science & Education (IJSSE), VOLUME 2 (II), 267-282. ISSN 2105 6008.
The paper discusses higher education-community partnerships, such as students’ internships and research that are often intended to promote quality, relevance, skills’ enrichment and socio-economic development of a country. The paper assesses the management and value addition of students’ internships and higher education-community research partnerships, since these initiatives have left a lot to be desired. The author critiques; the planning, organization, implementation, supervision and assessment of students ‘internship activities. Conversely, the functionality and levels of participation in higher education-community research is analyzed. The Critical Theory by Horkheimer (1982) was adopted to explain the relationship between higher education institutions (HEIs) and the community in which they reside. Conclusions are henceforth drawn, that power relations between the community and HEIs has remained perceptible; and students’ internships, more rhetoric than a reality. The author recommends that partnerships should be made functional and higher education institutions should engage the community in more meaningful and equitable fashion, lest the beneficiaries continue to be deprived of basic and useful information and services. Hence, both universities and the communities should engage in stronger dialogues to make partnerships more balanced, functional, sustainable and beneficial to all parties if quality, relevance, skills’ development and socio-economic development are to be achieved.
Key words: Internships, higher education institutions, public-private partnerships, skills’ development, socio-economic development, university-community research