Envisioning the Indigenised university for sustainable development

Mbah, M.F. ORCID: 0000-0002-4199-0819, Ajaps, S., Turner Johnson, A. and Yaffa, S., 2022. Envisioning the Indigenised university for sustainable development. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. ISSN 1467-6370

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Purpose: Whilst the possibility of a university fostering sustainable development is present in the extant literature and policy documents, the idea still warrants further consideration. This paper, therefore, aims to identify the nature and outcomes of the university’s engagement with Indigenous communities and perceptions of Indigenous knowledge systems in both academic and non-academic activities, and what might be required to foster the university’s contributions toward sustainable development.

Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative case study of the only public university in The Gambia was conducted, including non-university actors. Interviews and focus group discussion methods were employed, and these enabled close collaboration between researchers and participants, and the latter were empowered to describe their perceptions of reality.

Findings: Three major sets of findings emerged from the analysis of the transcripts from interviews and focus group discussions with the university and community members. These are the limited nature of and outcomes from university-community engagement, the sustainable outcomes of Indigenous practices, and ideas for Indigenising university engagement for sustainable development.

Originality: Matters of the university reaching out to Indigenous peoples have yet to find their way into conceptualisations of the university for sustainable development. This paper addresses this gap in the existing literature by advancing possibilities for the Indigenised university for sustainable development to emerge

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Creators: Mbah, M.F., Ajaps, S., Turner Johnson, A. and Yaffa, S.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 11 May 2022
ISSN: 1467-6370
Rights: AAM is deposited under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial International Licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0). To reuse the AAM for commercial purposes, permission should be sought by contacting permissions@emeraldinsight.com.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 20 Apr 2022 12:48
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 10:30
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46143

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